Having initially announced that he wanted America to start relaxing COVID-19 orders and get some businesses back to work by Easter, President Donald Trump said in a press briefing on Sunday that COVID-19 guidelines will continue through April 30th. More information on the extension and what it means for the American people will be provided in an official statement sometime on Tuesday, Trump said.
Press Briefing Remarks by President Trump, Vice-President Pence and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force, March 30, 2020
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Appreciate everybody being here. Beautiful day in the Rose Garden. Tremendous distance between chairs. Social distancing. You practice it very well. We appreciate it. That's great.
I want to start today by highlighting several critical developments on both the testing and treatment that will help us win our war against the coronavirus.
On Friday, the FDA authorized a new test developed by Abbott Labs that delivers lightning-fast results in as little as five minutes. That's a whole new ballgame. I want to thank Abbott Labs for the incredible work they've done. They've been working around the clock. Normally, this approval process from the FDA would take 10 months, and even longer, but we did it in four weeks. Abbott has stated that they will begin delivering 50,000 tests each day, starting this week.