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Coronavirus US : Trump extends distancing guidelines and attacks media at briefing

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    US President Donald Trump has said coronavirus restrictions such as social distancing will be extended across the country until at least 30 April. Coronavirus US : Trump extends distancing guidelines and attacks media at briefing
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US President Donald Trump has said coronavirus restrictions such as social distancing will be extended across the country until at least 30 April.

 "The highest point of the death rate is likely to hit in two weeks," Mr Trump said on Sunday, adding: "Therefore we will be extending our guidelines."

Dr Anthony Fauci, the face of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, earlier warned that the virus could kill up to 200,000 Americans.

The US has 137,294 confirmed cases.

So far, 2,414 deaths have been recorded in the country in relation to Covid-19, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Here’s a summary of the latest events:

Trump declares he will be extending the virus guidelines to 30 April. The president said the “peak and death rate is likely to hit in two weeks” during the daily coronavirus task force briefing. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” Trump said. “That would be the greatest loss of all.”

Fauci warns coronavirus could kill as many as 200,000 Americans. Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading US government infectious disease expert, offered a grim prediction on the Covid-19 death toll on Sunday morning, but cautioned the figure is a ‘moving target’ that could easily be wrong.

Pelosi accuses Trump of costing US lives with coronavirus denials and delays. The top Democrat in Congress delivered a devastating critique of Donald Trump, accusing the president directly of costing American lives through his constant denials and delays in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Andrew Cuomo says he expects ‘rolling apex’ of cases in New York. “The number of cases are still going up, so you’re still going up towards an apex,” the New York governor said. “But the rate of the doubling is slow, which is good news.”

Donald Trump in ‘near tie’ with Joe Biden, new poll finds. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll puts former vice-president ahead by 49% to 47% among registered voters.