U.S. President Donald Trump’s timeline for lifting the novel coronavirus-linked restrictions in the United States by Easter Sunday should be “flexible, Dr. Anthony Fauci declared.
Health officials need to assess how widespread the disease is in areas of the U.S. that have not experienced significant numbers of cases, said Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force.
Asked about the president’s Easter Sunday goal for reopening the U.S. economy, Fauci told reporters on Tuesday, “You can look at a date, but you’ve got to be very flexible and on a literally day-by-day and week-by-week basis.
The doctor conceded that lifting restrictions in places like New York, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., does not make sense.
During a Fox News virtual town hall on Tuesday, Trump described Fauci as “extraordinary,” adding that he gets along with him “very well.”