Trump on Tuesday struck a more pessimistic tone than usual about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, while maintaining that progress is being made toward a vaccine and therapeutics.
“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” he told reporters at a coronavirus briefing held at the White House. “Something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is.”
Here are some significant developments:
- Only a tiny fraction of the U.S. population has coronavirus antibodies, according to new data released by the CDC, even in hard-hit areas. The presence of antibodies in the blood indicates a person has had a covid-19 infection and gained some level of immune response.
- More than 3.8 million coronavirus infections have been reported in the United States, but new data from the CDC suggests that the actual number may be 10 times higher.
- The CDC, acknowledging expanded understanding about the infectiousness of the novel coronavirus, has changed some of its recommendations on isolating for those testing positive.
- A major intraparty rift widened between the White House and Senate Republicans on Tuesday as they stumbled to formulate a unified coronavirus budget plan.
- Walmart will close its stores on Thanksgiving this year and offer another round of cash bonuses to workers, totaling $438 million, for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The United States accused the Chinese government of sponsoring criminal hackers who are targeting biotech companies around the world working on coronavirus vaccines and treatments.