President Trump has said the next two weeks will be the toughest for Americans as the country nears the peak of the pandemic. During Saturday’s White House briefing, the president emphasized that saving lives is his administration’s top priority.
“Every decision that we’re making is made to save lives, it’s really our sole consideration,” he said. “We want to save lives, we want as few lives lost as possible.”
The U.S. has surpassed 300,000 confirmed cases of the virus, with more than 8,000 deaths.
Dr. Deborah Birx has encouraged social distancing as a serious measure against combating the virus. She confirmed cases this week have been people who were infected weeks earlier and noted that avoiding large groups will help lower future cases.