President Trump on Sunday extended the administration’s COVID-19 guidelines until the end of April and expressed confidence that the battle will be won.
“With the grace of God, we are rising to the occasion,” Trump said. “We are proving that no darkness can overshadow the eternal light of American courage. We will win. And when we do, we will rebound with astonishing force and speed. We will be stronger than ever, and we will have learned so much, where something like this can never hurt us to the extent it has – and the world – again.”
The “strength of our people,” he said, “is our single most important asset.”
“Together, we will defeat this invisible curse,” Trump said.
The coronavirus guidelines, originally set for 15 days, urge Americans to avoid gatherings in groups of more than 10 people and to work from home, when possible. They also encourage Americans to avoid “discretionary travel.”
Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx of the Coronavirus Task Force, Trump said, urged him to extend the guidelines. He asked them about relaxing the restrictions for regions that have experienced fewer coronavirus cases but “they didn’t like the idea,” Trump said.
“We can expect that, by June 1st, we will be well on our way to recovery,” Trump said. “… I want every citizen in our country to take heart and confidence in the fact that we have the best medical minds in the world tackling this disease. We have the best science, the best researchers, and the best talent anywhere working night and day to protect your family and loved ones and to overcome this pandemic.”