President Donald Trump announced the extension during a briefing in the Rose Garden. The president cited a modeling estimate that suggests the peak in the death rate for COVID-19 will occur in two weeks.
On March 16, the White House issued a set of social distancing and sanitary guidelines for Americans to follow for 15 days. At the time, the hope was that two weeks would be sufficient to slow the spread of the virus.
“Nothing would be worst than declaring victory before the victory is won. That would be the greatest loss of all,” Trump said, adding that everyone should follow the guidelines. “The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end.”
The White House guidelines call on Americans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, refrain from eating in bars, restaurants and food courts, avoid non-essential travel, and to not visit nursing homes. The guidelines also include basic sanitary measures, like washing hands frequently and not touching one’s face.
The president said that the White House will present its plan for the month of April on Tuesday, including the latest data and the overall strategy.
“We can expect that by June 1st, we will be well on our way to recovery,” Trump said. “I think that by June 1st, a lot of great things will be happening.”
As the statistics from the outbreak in China remain a mystery amid an ongoing coverup by the communist regime, the United States has now confirmed more cases than any other country. Trump noted that the scale of confirmed cases is the result of rapid, widespread testing.
“We’ve been doing more tests than any other country anywhere in the world. It’s one of the reasons that we have more cases than other countries,” the president said.
In addition to the federal guidelines, states have been taking local measures to address the pandemic.
The spread of the virus is most severe in New York, where nearly 60,000 cases and nearly 1,000 deaths have been confirmed as of March 29. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the state’s stay-at-home order by two weeks on Sunday.
At the time Trump announced the extension of the guidelines, the United States had nearly 140,000 COVID-19 cases and 2,436 deaths.
Editor’s note: Read why The Epoch Times has adopted the term Chinese Communist Party virus (CCP virus) instead of novel coronavirus.