Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield announces new guidelines that would allow "essential workers" to return to their jobs sooner at a White House coronavirus task force briefing, after the president emphasized for weeks that the USA wasn't built to be shut down.
The US coronavirus death toll - the highest in the world - surged past 30,000 on Wednesday after doubling in a week.
"We'll be the comeback kids, all of us", he said. "We see as a country we are improving".
Trump's claim that he could force governors to reopen their states also represents a dramatic shift in tone.
"The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak of new cases".
"Those are the names we have on our list", Mr. Trump said.
The claims come as USA state, local and federal government officials contemplate how to reopen the country after a widespread shutdown of businesses and economic activity as a mitigation and containment measure to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the White House, in Washington, April 10, 2020.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the White House, in Washington, April 10, 2020.Kevin Dietsch/POOL/EPA via ShutterstockStill, Fauci stresses, the virus will be the ultimate decider of when to reopen the country.
"This has been very reassuring for us". She urged people to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and for those who feel sick to stay home.
Addressing questions about state-to-state travel as some might opening up soon, Trump said he is optimistic governors will be able to handle it effectively, as some have already been monitoring traffic in and out of their states. The groups announced Tuesday appeared didn't appear to be the formal economic task force that the president has recently said he would form.
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Instead, he referred to WHO's origins in the first years of the U.N.'s existence and its mission of protecting public health. In that report, the World Health Organization lists some $5.6 billion in total contributions from members and foundations.
Mr Trump said: "New cases are declining throughout the NY metropolitan area; cases in the Detroit and Denver metro areas are flat".
She credited states like California, Washington and OR, early hotbeds for COVID-19, for avoiding a serious peak in the virus by quickly implementing procedures suppress the spread of the virus.
No one is intending to spread the virus.
"If we're not happy with the job a governor's doing we'll let them know about it".
If you want to get a dinner party of 20 together, "don't do it, yet", Birx added. Continue to follow the presidential guidelines.
"We're gonna do it", he said.
Asked why the USA accounted for such a significant proportion of the global death toll of 136,908, Trump accused other countries of lying about their mortality rate.
Noting that this has been a disgusting time to see such death and destruction in the country, the President said the medical and healthcare advances the USA has made are critical to the continued progress.
"When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total", he said on Monday at the White House.
The Abbott Labs on Wednesday announced that it is has developed an antibody test that will determine if someone has been previously infected with the coronavirus and potentially developed immunity.