Fauci: 'Serious consequences' if USA states reopen fast

A member of the Secret Service wears a surgical mask as President Trump arrives for a news conference Monday

A member of the Secret Service wears a surgical mask as President Trump arrives for a news conference Monday

A valet to the president and Mike Pence's press spokeswoman have tested positive for the virus in recent days, as have senior military advisers.

US President Donald Trump has been encouraging states to end a weeks-long shuttering of major components of their economies.

In an email to the New York Times, Fauci said his main intention was to get across 'the danger of trying to open the country prematurely'.

Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., shown on a monitor, right, speaks during virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Four leading government doctors testified, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has emerged as an icon of national guidance during the pandemic.

The Senate hearing this morning is the first time Fauci will testify since mid-March, and Democrats note he will be outside the presence of Trump.

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, challenged Fauci during a congressional hearing, saying he doesn't think Fauci is the "end-all", and "the one person that gets to make the decision" regarding reopening the United States economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Even at the top speed we're going, we don't see a vaccine playing in the ability of individuals to get back to school this term", Fauci said.

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Fauci has been largely out of public view in the last week since the president put a pause on the coronavirus task force briefings.

Trump says $11 billion is being earmarked to states for testing. Before a "phased comeback" there must be a 14-day downward trajectory of cases or a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period and hospitals must be able to treat all patients without crisis case and there must be a good testing program in place for healthcare workers, according to the guidelines.

The White House has outlined a three-phase approach to help state and local officials reopen their economies, while observing medical advice on limiting the virus' spread.

"All roads back to work and back to school run through testing and that what our country has done so far on testing is impressive, but not almost enough", Lamar Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate committee, said in an opening statement to Tuesday's hearing.

The US has reported more than 80,000 deaths and 1.3 million infections.

Trump's efforts to project a confident front in setting out his "Open America Again" strategy have been hampered by the virus hitting the West Wing.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, who also testified during the hearing Tuesday, has warned that the second round of the disease this fall could actually be more deadly, since it would coincide with flu season.

Warren, who has called for a much more coordinated federal response, noted that President Donald Trump's administration still has a lot of ground to make up; according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project, the country is now conducting around 300,000 tests a day, compared to the at least 2 million some say are needed.

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