Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30, Says Peak Death Rate ‘Likely to Hit in Two Weeks’

Monica Sanchez | March 29, 2020
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President Trump during a White House press briefing in the Rose Garden on Sunday announced that his administration would be extending its social distancing guidelines through April 30.

Trump said that the “peak in death rate” as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. is “likely to hit in two weeks.”

"The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” said the President. “So, I will say it again. The peak, the highest point of death rates, remember this, is likely to hit in two weeks.”

“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” he went on. “Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread.”

Trump added that on Tuesday the White House will be finalizing its plans and will provide a summary with “data and strategy” to support.

The President also said he had hoped the country could reopen by Easter Sunday, April 12, but that was "just an aspiration." 

He predicted that the U.S. would be "well on our way to recovery" by June 1.