President Donald Trump says the US has “passed the peak” of new coronavirus cases and predicted some states would reopen this month.
Mr Trump told the daily White House briefing that new guidelines would be announced on Thursday after he had spoken to governors.
“We’ll be the comeback kids, all of us,” the president said. “We want to get our country back.”
The US has nearly 640,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 30,900 deaths.
Mr Trump’s comments came after New York City reported a rise in virus fatalities to 10,367.
The president has been at loggerheads with state governors about the timing of easing restrictions and reopening businesses. He has now conceded that his powers are limited to issuing guidelines.
What did Trump say about virus deaths?
“The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak of new cases,” Mr Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.
“Hopefully that will continue, and we will continue to make great progress.”
The co-ordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx, said there had been a decline in confirmed cases across the country in recent days.