Experts on the White House Covid-19 task force say the corona virus outbreak is starting to level off across the US.

Cases in hot spots like New York appear to be leveling.

Dr Deborah Birx said there were good signs the outbreak was stabilizing, but cautioned: “As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak.

” President Donald Trump also said he expects the US to see a lower death toll than the initial predictions of 100,000 fatalities.

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The US has at least 18,637 deaths and nearly half a million confirmed cases.

Dr Anthony Fauci, US infectious diseases chief, concurred that the US was “starting to see the leveling off and coming down” of cases and deaths.

Dr Birx noted that the rate of increase appears to be stabilizing in hard-hit regions like New York, New Jersey and the city of Chicago.

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She added that the US mortality rate is “significantly less than many of the other countries, when you correct them for our population”.

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But she emphasized the nation had yet to see the peak of the outbreak.

“We need to continue to do what we did yesterday, and the week before, and the week before that because that’s what, in the end, is going to take us up across the peak and down the other side.”

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