The White House coronavirus task force reported positive news on declining rates of new coronavirus cases around the country, as President Trump spoke of increasing testing capacity on the eve of his announcement of guidelines to begin reopening the US economy.
“The battle continues, but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases,” President Trump announced at Wednesday’s Task Force Briefing in the White House Rose Garden. “These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines on states for reopening the country.
“We will be opening up some states, much sooner than others, and we think some states can actually open up before the deadline of May 1,” he added. “I think that will be a very exciting time indeed. Governors are looking forward, they are champing at the bit to get going.”
President Trump will meet with US governors about Presidential guidelines on reopening and will hold a Thursday afternoon news conference to share the announcements.
Addressing questions about State-to-State travel as some might opening up soon, President 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 governors can control that flow,” he said. “As example, in fact, I just saw a little while ago it was reported that certain borders are being controlled already by states. They are starting to take control of their borders, which is good. They may do testing for people wanting to come in.”
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