Donald Trump has extended the country’s social distancing guidelines until April 30 despite claims that he wanted to ‘open up’ the country on Easter.

On Sunday, Trump said the White House will keep its current social distancing guidelines until the end of April as nearly 140,000 have been infected by the virus and more than 2,450 have been killed.

‘Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the war is won. That would be the greatest loss of all,’ Trump said at his daily coronavirus briefing in front of the White House.

The president went on to urge Americans to follow the voluntary guidelines issued by his administration roughly two weeks ago. The guidelines instruct people to avoid restaurants and bars, cancel non-essential travel and keep in-person gatherings to less than 10 people

Trump was joined by Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who called the decision to extend the order a ‘wide and prudent’ one.

‘The reason the president made the announcement today about going to the end of April is because we want to make sure that we don’t prematurely think that we’re doing so great,’ Fauci said.

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‘We maybe, but we want to push it to the extreme, so take that with you and maybe you’ll be less anxious.’

In an interview with CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Sunday morning, Fauci said as many as 200,000 American’s may die from Covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, if proper action is not taken.

‘Looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases… excuse me, deaths. I mean, we’re going to have millions of cases,’ Fauci said during the interview with Jake Tapper.