Coronavirus: Trump’s tone changes as US faces brutal loss of life

President cedes stage as experts predict up to 240,000 deaths from Covid-19 in US

March 24th, 2019: US president Donald Trump says he hopes to ease Covid-19 restrictions and reboot the US economy by Easter, April 12th, despite health experts warning that restrictions might need to stay in place for months. Video: The White House

As the number of coronavirus cases rises in the United States, the nation’s attention has turned to the daily coronavirus briefings from the White House.

The evening briefing has become must-see TV, a fact not lost on President Donald Trump, who spent much of Sunday tweeting about his high “ratings”. The star attraction is not the president, however, but the double act leading the briefings – top immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci and coronavirus taskforce chief Dr Deborah Birx.

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