Meanwhile, States continue to ease previously imposed restrictions, despite concerns from health officials.
US President Donald Trump has adjusted the forecast for COVID-19 deaths in the US upward while promising additional economic support in his quest for a further resumption of socio-economic activity in the country.
“We will lose from 75-80 to 100 thousand people. This is terrible,” Trump said during a telecast on the Fox News channel, during which he answered questions from viewers.
Last week, he said that the coronavirus could take the lives of 60-70 thousand people.
As the Senate prepares to resume sessions on Monday, Trump said the government could double the amount of anti-crisis aid, which now stands at $ 3 billion. So far, these funds are used to help small businesses, hospitals, and direct payments to taxpayers.
“There will be more help,” Trump said.
The Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said that his chamber would return to work on the next measures in connection with COVID-19 and other urgent issues.
“Across the country, American workers working in critical sectors of the economy are following expert recommendations and taking new precautions as they continue to perform their duties and perform the irreplaceable work their country needs. Starting Monday, the Senate will do the same,” McConnell said.
Leaders of the House of Representatives have not yet announced plans to resume meetings in Washington, referring to the doctors of the Capitol for recommendations on how this can be done safely.
The leader of the democratic majority in the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, said that it is necessary to develop detailed procedures for disinfecting surfaces and protecting people from the virus. According to him, measures of social distancing “will remain in force for some time.”
McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement rejecting the Trump administration’s proposal to conduct rapid coronavirus tests for people on Capitol Hill, saying they would adhere to current testing protocols implemented by Capitol doctors.
“Our nation’s testing capabilities continue to increase across the country, and Congress wants to continue to direct resources to institutions that are at the forefront of the fight, where they can bring the greatest benefit in the shortest possible time,” House leaders said.
The United States ranks first in both the number of infected people detected (1.1 million) and the number of deaths (68 thousand).
Health officials Express concern that many Americans do not meet the requirements of social distance, and States are easing restrictions on leaving home to a steady decline in the incidence of disease.
This week, more States will move to ease restrictions. For example, in Florida, restaurants and stores can reopen on Monday, subject to restrictions on the number of people who can be inside at the same time.
By Tuesday, more than 30 of the 50 States will “open” in some form.
This was a priority for Trump as economic activity slowed significantly, and millions of people lost their jobs.
“What I want first of all is to get rid of the virus. We need to do this,” Trump said during a television broadcast on Sunday. – We are working with the governors, we are getting rid of the virus, but we need to get the country back to work.”
No state has complied with the White House’s original Directive that business reopening and people appearing in public places should be preceded by a continuous two-week decline in the number of coronavirus cases.
Speaking on Fox News on Sunday, the coordinator of the White House working group on coronavirus, Deborah Birx, said that Americans need to continue to wash their hands and try not to go out continually.
She also said that although it is possible to create a coronavirus vaccine by January, there is no guarantee that developers will be able to meet this deadline.
Trump was more optimistic, admitting on Sunday that the vaccine could be available before the end of the year.