Testing Czar Challenges Trump’s Message

Top U.S. health officials expect the rate of coronavirus deaths to rise with more hospitalizations, and states with intense outbreaks should close bars and slash restaurant capacity, one of Donald Trump’s top coronavirus advisers said Tuesday, rebutting the president’s downplaying of the pandemic.

Admiral Brett Giroir, who serves as the nation’s testing czar, acknowledged the gravity of the outbreak in an interview Tuesday morning with NBC, while offering notes of optimism and calling on Americans to keep wearing masks. The U.S. had 58,000 cases yesterday and a record 66,000 on Saturday.

“None of us feel comfortable. Nobody’s doing a victory lap. We are all very concerned,” Giroir said, citing outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona in particular. He said, however, there are early indicators that the rate of positive tests have leveled off or fallen in those jurisdictions.

“These are the early indicators that we’re turning the corner,” Giroir said. “This doesn’t mean we’ve turned the corner, and I want everybody to really understand — you’ve got to physically distance, wear your mask, avoid bars, close bars in those hot areas, reduce restaurant capacity. If we keep doing those things, those early indicators will turn into successes for us.”

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