“With all respect, that’s just nonsense,” he said. “We have comprehensive plans from the C.D.C., working with 64 public health jurisdictions across the country, as our governors have laid out very detailed plans that we’ve worked with them on.”
At a rally in Georgia on Saturday night, President Trump once again claimed that the country was “rounding the corner” in dealing with the pandemic, a statement at odds with scenes in communities across the country, where doctors and nurses are struggling to cope with more cases of the virus than ever before.
On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Trump announced on Twitter that his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has led the president’s efforts to overturn the results of the election, had tested positive for the virus.
In California, under orders issued on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, residents across the southern and central parts of the state were directed not to leave their homes for three weeks starting at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, joining parts of the San Francisco Bay Area in shuttering outdoor dining and bars and roping off playgrounds.
Daily case reports have tripled in the last month in California, where more than 25,000 new infections were reported on Saturday. Los Angeles County, with more than 8,900 new cases, broke its record for the third straight day.
At the U.C. San Diego Medical Center, just six of 112 intensive care beds were unoccupied on Sunday, and doctors expressed concern that an extended crisis would put extreme pressure on nurses and doctors.
“It’s more about the duration,” said Dr. Chris Longhurst, the hospital’s associate chief medical officer. “If the surge were 48 hours, it would be all hands on deck and we’d all be there to take care of them, and then we could get through it. What you can’t manage is a sustained surge.”