"Before, there were 1.2 million people in NY who needed help for food".
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
"Easter should be the peak number, and it should start coming down", he said at the White House.
The reversal by Trump, which he said would be disclosed in greater detail on Tuesday, came as the USA death toll topped 2,460 from the respiratory disease, according to a Reuters tally, with more than 141,000 cases, the most of any country in the world.
Coronavirus has spread rapidly across the USA, which is now reporting more than 137,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 2,400 deaths linked to the disease, according to a tracker maintained by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Trump said he wanted the hoarded ventilators for the problem areas.
"'President Trump is a ratings hit".
Over several weeks in January, Coleman followed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus: the first death reported in China on Jan. 11, the spread to Thailand and Japan, and then the first USA case in Washington state confirmed on Jan. 21. Trump repeatedly cited the flu's comparatively much higher cost in lives in playing down the severity of this pandemic.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that his city's hospitals have enough protective equipment - but not enough of the life-saving ventilators - for only another week.
Instead, the White House task force recommended a travel advisory for residents of those states to limit non-essential travel to slow the spread of the virus to other parts of the US.
Trump's "denial" in the crisis was "deadly", she told CNN.
"We feel the mitigation we are doing right now is having an effect", Dr Fauci said, adding the revised extension was "wise and prudent".
Analysts suggest that when Mr Trump referred to a peak in the "death rate", he probably meant the total number of recorded infections. "How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000 and we have that in a lot of different places?"
He said any hospitals not using the devices must release them.
The president again sought to deflect criticism, praising the U.S testing as the best in the world and even suggesting that hospitals were exaggerating their need for personal protective equipment possibly because they were hoarding "or worse".
"By the end of the first week in April, we think the first real issue is going to be ventilators". I've been watching them bring in trailer trucks - freezer trucks, they're freezer trucks, because they can't handle the bodies, there are so many of them.
On March 26, Trump said the pandemic "was something that nobody has ever thought could happen to this country", even though public health officials warned for years that the country was unprepared to respond to a pandemic.
When asked by a reporter to expand on his earlier statements that more deaths could occur due to the shutdown of the economy than to coronavirus, the president replied, "it's common sense".
"But we must not then suddenly revert to our normal way of living - that would be quite unsafe".