Trump has targeted May 1 as the date to reopen the country amid fears of economic recession.
“If you just say, ‘OK, it’s whatever, 1 May, click, turn the switch on,’ obviously, if you do it in an all-or-none way, there’s an extraordinary risk of there being a rebound,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, told CNN. “That could be a real problem. And everybody knows that.
He further opposed the idea of relaxing restrictions, warning that a larger number of people would be infected.
“When one starts to relax some of those restrictions, we know that there will be people who will be getting infected. That is just reality. The critical issue is to be able to, in real time, identify, isolate and contact trace.”
The fast-growing outbreak has claimed some 21,000 lives in the United States so far with New York being the worst hit state.