Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday cautioned that reopening state economies before COVID-19 prevention measures are in place could lead to “little spikes that might turn into outbreaks.”
Fauci’s warning, part of his testimony by video conference before a Senate hearing, stands in stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s urging on Monday that the U.S. is prevailing against the coronavirus and should “reopen.”
The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 has passed 80,000, a figure that Fauci admitted is probably lower than the actual death toll because some who died were not tested for the coronavirus.
Also Tuesday, House Democratic leaders pushed for a second round of payments of up to $1,200 per person in new coronavirus relief legislation that’s headed for a vote Friday.
Its prospects in the Republican-run Senate are far from certain. Michael Zona, a spokesman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called the overall legislation “DOA in the Senate,” although he didn’t comment specifically on the stimulus money.
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