DONALD TRUMP has said that he believes coronavirus will "just disappear" one day, despite the United States recording more than 44,000 cases on Tuesday - an all-time daily high.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, the President spoke of how he was still hopeful that a vaccine for the virus would be found soon and that once it was, Covid-19 will quickly become a non-issue.
When asked if he really believes the virus will simply disappear, Trump said:
"I do. I do. Yeah sure, at some point. And I think we're going to have a vaccine very soon too.
"We're headed back in a very strong fashion, and I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus.
"I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope."
Trump has faced heaps of criticism for his handling of the coronavirus crisis in the States, as case numbers continue to rise across the country.
He has been slammed for downplaying the seriousness of the viral threat and not doing enough to encourage people to stay at home and do what they can to prevent further spread.
His refusal to promote simple safety measures such as wearing a mask has drawn much ire from critics too.
When asked on Wednesday about his opinion of facial coverings, Trump said: "I think masks are good," but admitted that he didn't feel it was necessary to make them a mandatory requirement.
It was reported this week that the US government had bought almost the entire world's stock of the drug Remdesivir - thought to be one of the only drugs on the planet to have a proven positive effect on patients suffering from Covid-19.