The United States does not require more widespread lockdowns to get its COVID-19 outbreak under control, leading government expert Anthony Fauci told AFP in an interview Thursday.
“I don’t think we’re going to be talking about going back to lockdown,” said Fauci when asked whether places like California and Texas that are seeing a surge in their caseload should reissue stay-at-home orders.
“I think we’re going to be talking about trying to better control those areas of the country that seem to be having a surge of cases,” he added.
The US leads the world in the number of confirmed infections and in deaths with the fatality toll approaching 120,000.
But while former epicenters New York and New Jersey have succeeded in controlling their outbreaks, the virus is now increasing in 20 states.
Fauci stressed that a localized approach would be required as the country takes further steps to return to normal, including on the crucial question of when to reopen schools.
“Counties where there are certainly no cases at all, there’s no problem with the schools opening,” he said.
“There are other parts where there’s a modest amount of infection (where) you may delay school openings,” added Fauci.
“And there are other parts of the country where there’s minimum infection, where you want to make some modification of the process, namely: alternate days, morning versus afternoon, seating people apart from each other wearing masks.”
Earlier on Thursday, in an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump said, “We are very close to a vaccine, close to therapeutics, really good therapeutics.”
“But even without that”, Trump added, “I don’t like to talk about that because it’s fading away. It’s going to fade away, but having a vaccine would be really nice and that’s going to happen.”
President Trump said the U.S. is well equipped to deal with virus flare-ups, adding that his administration won’t be closing the country again with new virus outbreaks.
Source: Arutz Sheva