President Donald Trump says the United State has “passed the peak” of new coronavirus cases and predicted some states would reopen this month.
Mr Trump told the daily White House briefing that new guidelines would be announced on Thursday after he had spoken to governors.
“We’ll be the comeback kids, all of us,”. “We want to get our country back.”the president said
The US has nearly 640,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 30,900 deaths which had affected the country’s economic status.
Mr Trump’s comments came after New York City reported a rise in virus fatalities to 10,367 victims.
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The president has been at loggerheads with state governors about the timing of easing restrictions and reopening businesses. He has now conceded that his powers are limited to issuing guidelines.
“The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak of new cases,” President Donald Trump told reporters at the Rose Garden on Wednesday.
“Hopefully that will continue, and we will continue to make great progress.”
The co-ordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx, said there had been a national decline in confirmed new daily cases from the recorded peak in recent days.
Asked why the US accounted for such a significant proportion of the global coronavirus death toll of more than 137,000, Mr Trump accused other countries of lying about their mortality rate.
“Does anybody really believe the numbers of some of these countries?” he said, mentioning China.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China must show “full transparency” on coronavirus, during a call with his Beijing counterpart, Yang Jiechi, the Department of State said.
Mr Pompeo has repeatedly accused Beijing of covering up the scale of the outbreak in the early days, which China denies.
President Trump said the US was looking into unverified reports that the coronavirus may have emerged from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, rather than in a market in the city.
“I will tell you more and more we’re hearing the story and we’ll see,” President Trump said when asked about the claims at his daily briefing.
A Fox News report, attributed to several unnamed sources, suggests that the coronavirus was a naturally occurring pathogen that leaked from a Wuhan facility because of lax safety protocols, infecting an intern, who then transmitted it to her boyfriend.
US media have previously reported that the US embassy in Beijing had raised concerns about safety at two laboratories in Wuhan in recent years.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post said it had obtained cables dating from 2018 warning that one facility was studying bat coronaviruses and looking at the possibility of human transmission, adding that the laboratory had “a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians”.
The Trump administration has previously noted 1st of May as a possible date to reopen the nation, but the president said some states may be able to return to normal situation earlier than that.
When questioned about the dangers of reopening too soon, President Trump said: “There’s also death involved in keeping it closed.”
He cited mental health issues, saying suicide hotlines were “exploding” as the economy froze.
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to lockdown measures and unemployment numbers are at record levels.
Retail sales dropped by 8.7% in March, the biggest decline since tracking began in 1992, according to government data released on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the governors of Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania each issued orders or guidelines that residents should wear face masks as they venture into society in the coming weeks.
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