President Donald Trump said that the U.S. has passed the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has infected more than 630,000 people in the country.
Trump said at a White House news briefing on Wednesday, “While we must remain vigilant, it is clear that our aggressive strategy is working.” “The battle continues, but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases.”
Trump added that the number of new cases is declining in New York, the city has more confirmed cases than any other country in the world. He also said that cases are flat in Detroit and Denver, while other cities such as Philadelphia and Baltimore are showing great signs of success.
The President said he has planned to discuss guidelines for reopening the country next Thursday. The governors of three states on the West Coast and seven states on the East Coast have announced their working groups to coordinate the reopening of the states.
Trump said, “My administration is using every available authority to accelerate the development, study, and delivery of therapies,” adding that at least 35 clinical treatment trials are underway.
The rate of new cases has declined across the country over the past six days with nine states having less than 1,000 cases each and fewer than 30 new cases reported per day. However, the administration is concerned about Providence, Rhode Island, which is caught between two hot spots, including New York and Boston.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence said that more than 3.3 million tests have been conducted and completed and 24% of all counties have not reported a single case of coronavirus. He also said half of all states have fewer than 2,500 cases each.
According to the White House, even though the infection rate seems to fall across the country, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged on Wednesday that New York is likely undercounting coronavirus deaths as the city tries to test everyone.