US President Donald Trump announced a package of economic relief measures for businesses and local authorities as the country, according to him, has reached "the top of the hill" of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the media during the Coronavirus Task Force briefing in Washington DC on Thursday, the president pledged to provide "up to 2.3 trillion dollars" to help local businesses and governments recover from a recession caused by the pandemic.

Trump also praised the national healthcare system working "beyond the highest expectations" adding that the curve of new infections will go down soon.

"We are at the top of the hill. I am pretty sure we are at the top of the hill and now we are going downward. In some cases, we have already started that process," Trump stressed.

Over two million tests have been made in the US, according to Trump. The US leader said, "Our tests are highly sophisticated and highly accurate."

According to Johns Hopkins University, confirmed coronavirus cases passed 465,300 in the United States on Friday morning. More than 16,400 people have died in the country after testing positive for the disease.

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