Passed The Peak Of New Cases, May Finalise Reopening Guidelines: Trump

Publish On: 16 Apr, 2020 09:46 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

President Donald Trump has said the US has "passed the peak" of the deadly COVID-19 cases and added that some states would reopen this month.

On Wednesday, at the daily White House virus briefing, Trump said that new reopening guidelines would be announced on Thursday following a discussion with governors, the BBC reported.

"We'll be the comeback kids, all of us," the president said. "We want to get our country back."

So far, the United States has reported close to 635,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 28,000 deaths. 

"The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak of new cases," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.

"Hopefully that will continue, and we will continue to make great progress."

The president said 3.3 million COVID-19 tests had been conducted and antibody tests would soon be available.

These developments, he said, "put us in a strong position to finalise guidelines for states reopening".

The Trump administration had previously pencilled in May Day as a possible date to reopen the state, but the president said some states could also be ready to return to normalcy before that.

"I think that will be a very exciting time, indeed," he said.

When questioned about the risks of reopening the state timely, Trump said: There's also death involved in keeping it closed."

He cited psychological state issues, saying suicide hotlines were "exploding" as the economy freezes.

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the lockdown measures across the country, and unemployment numbers are at record levels.