By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com
Published: 02:02 GMT, 27 March 2020 | Updated: 02:39 GMT, 27 March 2020
The government's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has again cast doubt on President Donald Trump's proposal to end coronavirus shutdowns by Easter.
'I think what the President was trying to do, he was making an aspirational projection to give people some hope,' Fauci said of the proposed April 12 target date on CNN Thursday night.
'But he's listening to us when we say that we've really got to reevaluate it in real time, and any decision we make has to be based on the data,' Fauci continued.
'When you have a situation when the cases today compared to tomorrow is increased dramatically and then the next day is increased dramatically, that's no time to pull back,' he said.
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'That's when you have to hunker down, nail down, mitigate, mitigate, mitigate, get the people taken care of,' Fauci continued. 'You have to go with the data.'
Trump had previously set Easter, April 12, as a goal for reopening the U.S. economy, though he also has said he will be guided by his public health experts, and suggested that different timelines would be appropriate in different locations.
Many health experts warn that unless Americans continue to dramatically limit