Trump news – live: President now admits coronavirus deaths won’t slow until June as hospital ship arrives in New York harbour

Joe Sommerlad, Danielle Zoellner
President claims plan to end measures by Easter 'purely aspirational': Getty

Donald Trump has branded House speaker Nancy Pelosi “a sick puppy” during an interview with Fox and Friends after extending the timeline for the US to remain in lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic until at least 30 April, abandoning his “aspiration” to have the country back in business by Easter.

The White House’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, has meanwhile warned that his projection of a potential 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths is “entirely conceivable” if not enough is done to mitigate the crisis, with the president commenting that containing the disaster to that level would represent “a very good job”.

Elsewhere, New York City welcomed 1,000-bed hospital ship USNS Comfort at a harbour to assist the city while fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked the US Navy and President Donald Trump for sending the hospital ship. It will house non-coronavirus patients so hospitals on land can focus their efforts towards those infected.

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