US President Donald Trump vowed to unveil plans to reopen the world’s top economy despite Coronavirus lockdown.
President Trump claimed that US had passed the peak of new Coronavirus cases, even as the country recorded a large number of death toll from the deadly pandemic.
According to AFP, A bullish Trump told reporters his “aggressive strategy” against the virus was working and that “the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases”.
He promised swift “guidelines” on reopening parts of the country, suggesting less affected states could ease restrictions before May 1.
“We’ll be the comeback kids, all of us,” said Trump.
Leaders around the world are wrestling with the dilemma of how to return to normal and kick-start their shattered economies without risking a devastating second wave of infections.
In Europe’s top economy Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged “extreme caution”, as she announced initial steps to reopen some shops and gradually restart school.
Elsewhere in Europe, Denmark began reopening schools for younger children after a month-long closure and Finland lifted a blockade of Helsinki.
Lithuania said it would allow smaller shops to reopen from Thursday, while hard-hit Iran is set to allow some small businesses to restart operations.
However, Britain was expected to extend its lockdown measures later Thursday and Belgium pushed its stay-at-home order back to May 3.
The death toll has surged 134,000 with more than two million infected, with around 2,600 dying in the past 24 hours in the US alone.