Dr. Anthony Fauci at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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  • The most trusted medical figure in the US, Anthony Fauci, once again sounded the alarm over the severity of the coronavirus in that country.
  • In sworn testimony before a US Senate committee, Fauci addressed the lack of compliance in parts of that country.
  • "If you look at what's going on, and just look at some of the film clips that we've seen of people congregating - often without masks, of being in crowds, jumping over and avoiding paying attention to the guidelines that we've carefully put out - we are going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there's going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop."
  • "We are now having forty-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I am very concerned."
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In sworn testmony before a US Senate committee, America's leading infectious disease expert predicted the US could soon see as many as 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day "if this does not turn around."

The grim warning came from Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the most trusted medical figure in that country.

"If you look at what's going on, and just look at some of the film clips that we've seen of people congregating - often without masks, of being in crowds, jumping over and avoiding paying attention to the guidelines that we've carefully put out - we are going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there's going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop," Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.

Fauci warned weeks earlier that the "consequences could be really serious" if American states rushed their reopening initiatives without having the testing and contact tracing in place to isolate the virus.

In response to a question from Senator Elizabeth Warren on how many cases and deaths the US could end up seeing, Fauci declined to offer a death estimate beyond his initial prognosis of somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000. However, he did offer a grim assessment for new cases, which are now exceeding the 40,000 mark this week.

"We are now having forty-plus thousand new cases a day," Fauci said. "I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I am very concerned."

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