US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the coronavirus “will just go away” at some point and declined to offer a strategy to deal with spikes in cases in the south and west of the country.
“I think we are doing very well with the coronavirus. I think that, at some point, this will simply disappear. I hope so,” the president said in an interview with the Fox talk show.
The journalist doing the interview below asked Trump if he still believed the virus was going to go away, something he has said previously, and the president replied, “Yes, I do.”
The first time Trump made similar statements was in February, when he said the disease would fade “like a miracle,” and then in May he claimed that the virus “will go away even without a vaccine.”
After Trump’s comments on Fox, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany endorsed the president and said: “The President is certain that he will disappear, he has launched a first-class revolutionary team that is going beat the bureaucracy and get a vaccine. “
However, government health experts estimate that there will be no vaccine until early 2021 and have called on Americans to abide by the rules for distance between people and to wear face masks to prevent further spread.
This week, the chief epidemiologist of the Executive, Anthony Fauci, warned that if measures are not taken, the United States risks reaching 100,000 daily cases of coronavirus, a figure well above the current 40,000.
According to The New York Times database, in the last two weeks the number of cases has grown 80%, especially in the south and west of the country, where some cities such as Houston (Texas) are recording daily records and the Hospitals are close to collapse.
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 127,500 people have died from the virus in the U.S. and more than 2.6 million have been infected, according to the independent count by Johns Hopkins University.