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Trump says US has likely 'passed the peak' on coronavirus cases

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States has ‘passed the peak’ of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. 

Trump’s statement comes as the US has confirmed over 27,000 new cases of coronavirus and at least 2,347 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the country’s death toll past 2,800 and total case count above 640,000. 

‘While we must remain vigilant it is clear that our aggresive strategy is working, very strongly working I might add,’ Trump said at his coronavirus briefing Wednesday. 

‘New cases are declining throughout the New York metropolitan area. Cases in the Detroit and Denver metro areas are flat. Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia are showing great signs of progress and new cases in Houston and New Orleans are declining.’

‘The battle continues but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases. Hopefully, that will continue and we will continue making great progress,’ Trump said.

President Trump says latest data suggests nationwide that the U.S. has “passed the peak” on new coronavirus cases https://t.co/9T8aUPjUrs pic.twitter.com/Yg14jEZrzN— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 15, 2020 

The president went on to say that the he hopes to open up the country soon amid the ‘great progress.’ 

‘These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country…

We’ll be talking about that tomorrow,’ Trump said. 

‘Some states may actually be able to open up before the deadline of May first,’ the president added later. 

Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, took to the podium after Trump to elaborate on the hopeful coronavirus case numbers the country has observed this week. 

‘Over the last five to six days, we’ve seen declines in cases across the country and this has been very reassuring for us,’ Birx said. 

‘At the same time, we know mortalities and the fatalities that we’re facing across the United States continue…These cases continue to decline because of the strong work of the American people,’ she continued.



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