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Coronavirus: Trump extends restrictions beyond Easter

March 30, 2020


US President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, 29 March 2020President Trump: “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory is won”

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 139,675 confirmed cases.

As of Sunday evening, 2,436 deaths had been recorded in the country in relation to Covid-19, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States overtook both China and Italy last week for the number of reported cases.

Dr Fauci said that it was “entirely conceivable” that millions of Americans could eventually be infected and that between 100,000 and 200,000 could die.

What did Trump say?

Speaking during the latest Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the White House on Sunday, the president said that measures such as social distancing were “the way you win”, adding that the US “will be well on our way to recovery” by June.

Suggesting that the “peak” of recorded deaths in the US was likely to hit in two weeks, Mr Trump said that “nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory is won – that would be the greatest loss of all”.

Mr Trump had previously said that Easter – the weekend of 12 April – would be a “beautiful time” to be able to open at least some sections of the country.

The president also talked on Sunday about the medical response. He said that “rapid testing” had been approved to get Covid-19 results within five minutes, and that doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers would be tested.

Meanwhile, an anti-viral drug – hydroxychloroquine – was being administered to 1,100 patients in New York, he said. “Let’s see how it works, we may have some incredible results.”

Mr Trump said that experts were also looking at blood transfusions to treat the sick, using the blood taken from people who had recovered.

What about the shortage of equipment?

Earlier on Sunday, Mr Trump accused hospitals in some states of “hoarding” ventilators, face masks and other critical medical supplies.

“We do have a problem with hoarding… including ventilators. Hospitals need to release them – in some cases they have too many, they have to release medical supplies and equipment,” he said.

Hospitals “can’t hold [ventilators] if they think there might be a problem weeks down the road”, he said, alleging that some were “stocked up”.

Coronavirus: Lack of medical supplies ‘a national shame’

The availability of ventilators is a major concern among health professionals as demand has surged with the spread of the virus. A number of states have warned that they will soon run out.

President Trump has ordered a car manufacturer in Detroit to produce more of the medical machines to satisfy demand.

The new coronavirus can cause severe respiratory issues as it attacks the lungs, and ventilators help to keep patients breathing.

Governors of states across the country, from New York to Washington, have warned of dwindling medical supplies and pressure on hospitals.

Daniel Amos, a Californian Christian band in Jesus Movement of the 1970s.

They were one of my favourites back in the day as a young man in my late teens to early 20s in the Jesus Movement in New Zealand.

Bob Dylan and his friends attended these meetings and attended the Bible School of this church Calvary Chapel in Los Angeles California for a year.

Note under video below:

“Here’s some classic DA. This is mid-70’s (?). Anyone know the exact date of this show? They were playing at Calvary Chapel for Pastor Chuck Smith. This song is from their 1977 album Shotgun Angel.”


Larry Norman was a pioneer of modern Christian rock music and was very famous amongst Christian Pentecostal and Charismatic young people when I was a young man in the 1970s.

Pentecostal and Charismatic had a very different meaning from those terms today. Many churches who call themselves Pentecostal and Charismatic are off the rails and into heresies and strange spiritual and non-Biblical practices.


Donald Elley of Bellingen:

This article is part 16 of a sequential study of select passages in the Book of Romans.

To master Biblical truth and knowledge it’s important to have a clear understanding of the whole counsel of God – the Old Testament and the New Testament.


Romans 6:19

19 For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

In context:

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.


My comments:

Romans 6:19

so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

In the last few articles in this series, we have been looking at God’s Grace, sin and our fallen nature and living right before God without sin.

In his thinking and writing, Paul is building up to some really important keys to Christian success which he outlines in Romans 8. Those keys in Romans 8 strongly and clearly state how the keys to Christian success centre in the Holy Spirit.

I mention this so you, the reader, can see that we must be patient and wise in our study and understanding of holy scriptures in the Bible.

We need to read, understanding and know the Bible, lest we be lead astray.

Many people throughout history have erred by cherry-picking scriptures to suit a given outcome, paradigm or extra-Biblical philosophy. All the cults like Jehovah’s Witness, The Mormons, and Prosperity Gospel Pentecostals like Hillsong have gone off track in this way.

so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

There is this choice aspect to not sinning.

We can choose not to sin anymore. We can choose to live for Christ daily.