President Donald Trump has said that the daily increase of coronavirus cases has now reached its peak around the country and that he’s preparing to send people back to work on 1 May.
On Wednesday, during his daily coronavirus press conference, President Trump said that he will be revealing new guidelines for reopening the country to governors of individual states.
“We’ll be the comeback kids, all of us,” the president said, according to BBC. “We want to get our country back. The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak of new cases.
“Hopefully that will continue, and we will continue to make great progress.”
There are 629,264 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in America and 26,708 have died as a result, according to Johns Hopkins University data. However, the number of new cases confirmed each day currently appears to be on a downward trend.
When Trump was confronted by reporters about why the US makes up such a significant proportion of the global death toll of 137,108, he remarked that other countries are covering up the true figures for their fatalities.
“Does anybody really believe the numbers of some of these countries?” he said, naming China.
After revealing that May 1 has been penciled in as the date to reopen the country, Trump was questioned about the dangers of reopening the nation too soon, responding that, “there’s also death involved in keeping it closed.”
Citing rising activity on suicide hotlines and mental health statistics, Trump stressed the importance of putting Americans back to work with many losing jobs as the economy freezes and retail sales plummet.