“With all due respect, that’s just nonsense,” he said. “We have comprehensive plans from the CDC working with 64 public health jurisdictions across the country as our governors have very detailed plans that we have worked with them on.”
At a rally in Georgia Saturday night, President Trump again claimed that the country was “around the corner” in dealing with the pandemic, a statement that contradicts scenes in communities across the country where doctors and nurses are struggling deal with more cases of the virus than ever before.
On Sunday afternoon, Mr Trump announced on Twitter that his personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has spearheaded the president’s efforts to scrap the election results, tested positive for the virus.
In California, residents of the south and central part of the state were ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom not to leave their homes for three weeks beginning Sunday 11:59 p.m. and join parts of the San Francisco Bay Area in formwork for outdoor restaurants and bars and rappelling from playgrounds.
Daily case reports have tripled in the past month in California, where more than 25,000 new infections were reported on Saturday. Los Angeles County broke its record for the third year in a row with more than 8,900 new cases.
At UC San Diego Medical Center, only six of 112 intensive care beds were unoccupied Sunday, and doctors expressed concern that an ongoing crisis would put extreme pressure on nurses and doctors.
“It’s more about the duration,” said Dr. Chris Longhurst, the hospital’s associate chief medical officer. “If the climb was 48 hours, everyone would be hands on deck and we would all be there to take care of them and then we could do it. What you can’t do is keep climbing. “