The United States currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported, with more than 300,000 of its citizens infected with the deadly virus. Nearly 10,000 people have lost their lives since the start of the epidemic, as the death toll quickly approaches that of Spain, the second most affected country in the world. Featured in NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Dr. Jerome M Adams told the program host: “Next week will be our time in Pearl Harbor. It will be our time of September 11.
Dr Adams’ grim prediction was echoed by the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who told the nation to prepare for a very difficult drive.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS Face the Nation: “It’s going to be a bad week.
“It’s going to be shocking to some, it’s really really disturbing to see that, but that’s what’s going to happen before it turns around. “
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Dr Fauci acknowledged that different mitigation strategies had started to have an impact on the spread of the virus, but rejected any suggestion that the crisis was still under control.
He said, “I’m not saying we have it under control. It would be a false statement.
“We have a hard time controlling it.”
Donald Trump also warned the American public on Saturday of “many deaths” at a press conference in the White House.
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Donald Trump also warned the American public to expect “many deaths” at a press conference in the White House
He told reporters together, “It will probably be the most difficult week, between this week and next week.
“And unfortunately there will be many deaths. “
The President canceled a press briefing on Sunday and started the day by tweeting messages about the Palm Sunday vacation.
This comes as governors of a number of states have taken to the air to plead for more federal support in their fight against the COVID-19 contagion.
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This comes as the governors of a number of states have taken to the air to plead for more support.
State governors plead for more fans
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker accused the Trump administration of failing to heed intelligence warnings of the severity of the virus in January and February.
In a scathing indictment, he told CNN’s State of the Union program: “If they had started building fans in February to prepare for this pandemic, we wouldn’t have the problems we have today ‘hui.
“And frankly, far fewer people would die. “
Illinois currently has 10,000 cases of COVID-19 and has recorded 250 deaths to date.
The governor, who expects to peak in late April, has asked for 4,000 ventilators to help care for the critically ill.
He argued that individual states do not have the same power as the federal government, particularly with regard to the use of federal defense production law.
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Pritzker said, “There is no way to store for a pandemic that no one has anticipated.
“And yet the federal government is precisely responsible for this.”
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has also warned that his condition will run out of ventilators by Thursday, as he prepares to open a field hospital with 1,000 beds on Monday.
The state is rapidly becoming a new epicenter for the coronavirus, with some 477 deaths already recorded.