DONALD Trump said the coronavirus curve is beginning to flatten, after the U.S. saw its most tragic day with nearly 2,000 deaths in a 24-hour period.
More than 12,000 Americans have died from the deadly virus, with the nation's epicenter in NYC seeing more than 5,400 lives lost.
Trump tweeted today about a flattening of the curve, as nearly 2,000 deaths were reported in one day on Tuesday – the worst seen since the outbreak began in the U.S., as reported by USA Today.
"Once we OPEN UP OUR GREAT COUNTRY, and it will be sooner rather than later, the horror of the Invisible Enemy, except for those that sadly lost a family member or friend, must be quickly forgotten," Trump tweeted.
"Our Economy will BOOM, perhaps like never before!!!" he said.
He added in a separate tweet: "FLATTENING OF THE CURVE!"
Coronavirus Task Force expert Dr. Deborah Birx said in an interview with the "TODAY" show evidence shows cases in western states like California and Washington are "persistently flat and that's very encouraging."
Surgeon General Jerome Adams also congratulated the western states for "flattening their curve, as he said eastern states appear to be stabilizing as well.
"We’re seeing New York and New Jersey have hospitalizations level off and start to come down, deaths are starting to slow down and level off — and that’s important because it tells us mitigation is working, it tells us what the American people are doing by staying at home, by social distancing, by practicing good hygiene," Adams said.
Trump had previously pushed to open the U.S. back up by Easter – but last week, extended social distancing guidelines to the end of April.
The president previously pushed for the Easter date as stock markets saw a sharp decline from a peak in February, when they exited the longest-running bull market and entered a bear market.
Almost as quickly as they fell, markets begun to climb up, exiting the bear market – although millions of workers remain out of jobs.
A record nearly 10 million people filed for unemployment in a two-week period, with millions of others facing cut hours at work or being furloughed.
Many experts have warned of a possible global recession, as Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told CNBC on Monday that unemployment rates in the U.S. could drop to "Great Depression-era" levels due to the pandemic.
“If we had a timely unemployment statistic, the unemployment rate probably would be up to 12 or 13 percent at this point and moving higher,” she said.
Millions of Americans are awaiting financial relief from a $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed amid the virus crisis.
Trump's own company, The Trump Organization, was reportedly seeking financial help amid the virus pandemic last week.
The president's tweets came just days after CDC Director Robert Redfield revealed COVID-19 deaths may be much lower than the White House Coronavirus Task Force's grim estimate of 240,000 people – because of social distancing.
"If we just social distance, we will see this virus and this outbreak basically decline, decline, decline," Redfield told AM 1030 KVOI Radio.
"And I think that's what you're seeing.
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He added: "I think you're going to see the numbers are, in fact, going to be much less than what would have been predicted by the models."
A majority of Americans remain under mandatory stay-at-home orders, as coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed near 400,000.
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