(CNSNews.com) - Reading out facts and figures at Sunday's coronavirus press conference, President Trump told Americans, "Thing are happening. We're starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully -- in the not-too-distant future -- we'll be very proud of the job we all did.
"You can never be happy when so many people are dying, but we're going to be very proud of the job we did to keep the death down to an absolute minimum, the least that could have happened with this terrible, terrible virus."
President Trump enumerated all the things that have happened in recent weeks (see below).
And he took note of the fact that he was speaking on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week for Christians around the world:
While we may be apart from one another, as you can see from our great churches, our great pastors and ministers are out there working very hard, but we may be apart, we can use this time to turn in prayer in our own personal relationship with God.
I would ask that all Americans pray for the heroic doctors and nurses, for the truck drivers and grocery store workers, and for everyone fighting this battle. I had mentioned yesterday where I see the nurses rushing into hospitals, and they're putting on their outfits and they're putting on their masks and goggles in some cases. They're rushing into war. They're rushing into war.
And I see people from apartment houses screaming and shouting and singing their praises. It's an incredible thing. They're warriors. These doctors and nurses, they're running into buildings and they're literally putting it on as the doors are opening. They're putting all this stuff on and running inside and they're running inside to tremendous danger, tremendous danger.
But most of all, I'd like to ask for your prayers, for the families who have lost loved ones. Ask God to comfort them in their hour of grief. It's a great hour of grief for our nation, for the world.
Trump noted that the number of countries battling Covid-19 has increased to 182 from 151. "So as of this morning, it's 182 countries are under attack from this monster.
"With the faith of our families and the spirit of our people and the grace of our God, we will endure, we will overcome, we will prevail. We have learned so much. We will be stronger than ever, and I just want to thank everybody."
In his opening remarks, President Trump noted that his administration has now deployed more than 3,000 military and public health professionals to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other parts of the country.
Since last Sunday, he said, cargo planes have delivered almost 300 million gloves, almost 8 million masks and 3 million gowns to places where they are needed -- "and many more fully loaded cargo planes are right now on the way," he said.
In the last 24 hours, FEMA has delivered "an additional" 500 ventilators do New Jersey; an additional 200 ventilators to Louisiana; 300 to Michigan; 600 to Illinois; and 100 to Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, the State of Washington has returned 400 ventilators that can now be sent to other areas where they are needed.
"We are also establishing a federal medical station in the Washington, D.C.," Trump said.
Trump said the United States has now tested and received results for 1.67 million people -- "far more than any other country," he said, despite the fact that "we inherited a broken system."
And by Tuesday, 1,200 brand-new, rapid (15 minute) point-of-care testing kits, produced by Abbott Laboratories, will be distributed to all public health labs. "So we're going to have 1,200, and on a weekly basis, we are making a lot more," Trump announced.
"In the days ahead, America will endure the peak of this terrible pandemic," Trump said. "Our warriors in this life-and-death battle are the incredible doctors and nurses and healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight. We pledge to them our eternal gratitude and everlasting support. They make all of us very proud."
Trump said the next two weeks "are going to be...very difficult," as deaths mount. But he said that will bring the country closer to a turning point, where deaths and new cases start to decrease.