President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, April 15, that the United States has “passed the peak” of the CCP Virus outbreak, meaning the administration’s aggressive strategy is working, but the country must continue to be careful.

“While we must remain vigilant, it is clear that our aggressive strategy is working, and very strongly working” the president said at a White House news briefing on the virus pandemic.

President Trump pointed out signs that the CCP Virus, or coronavirus, is plateauing in parts of the United States.

“New cases are declining throughout the New York Metropolitan area, cases in the Detroit and Denver metro areas are flat. Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and St. Louis are showing great signs of progress, and new cases in Houston and New Orleans are declining,” he said.

The president said at least 20 states are in extremely good shape, and other states are also getting much better.

“The battle continues, but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases,” President Trump added. “Hopefully that will continue and we will continue to make great progress.”

“These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country,” the president said, adding that he will announce on Thursday guidelines to relax stay-at-home rules.

The governors of seven states on the East Coast and three states on the West Coast have announced regional working groups to coordinate the reopening of the regions, according to CNBC.

At the new conference, Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said that the rate of new cases has declined across the United States over the past six days and nine states have less than 1,000 cases each and report fewer than 30 new cases per day.

Birx stressed that now is the time to continue practicing social distancing. 

“Social gatherings, coming together, there is always a chance that an asymptomatic person can spread the virus unknowingly,” she said, calling for Americans to “continue to follow the presidential guidelines.”

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