President Donald Trump extended social distancing guidelines to April 30 and said the coronavirus outbreak in the US is likely to peak in two weeks.
Trump delivered his remarks during a White House press briefing on Sunday night.
“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said.
Trump said his administration will finalize its social distancing guidelines on Tuesday.
Trump also touted a June 1 deadline as to when the country will be “well on our way to recovery.”
“By June 1, we will be well on our way to recovery. We think by June 1, a lot of great things will be happening,” he said.
Trump previously touted an Easter deadline, which went against the advice of his own panel of experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has warned that lifting restrictions too soon could exacerbate the coronavirus spread. Easter falls out of April 12 this year.
“I just thought it was a beautiful time … a beautiful timeline,” Trump said last week of why he suggested lifting restrictions by Easter.
But Trump scaled back on an Easter deadline on Sunday night, saying that date was “aspirational.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said that extending restrictions until April was a “wise and prudent decision.”
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