US faces ‘really bad’ week as coronavirus deaths rise


(Reuters) – The United States enters what a senior official warned on Sunday that it would be “the hardest week” of the coronavirus crisis as the death toll rose, but some saw gleams of hope for a slight slowdown in the number of deaths in new hard-hit countries. York.

New York, the epicenter of the US coronavirus epidemic, reported on Sunday that for the first time in a week, deaths had declined slightly from the previous day. But there were still nearly 600 new deaths and more than 7,300 new cases in the state.

Louisiana has become a hot spot for the virus, reporting an increase in deaths to nearly 500 and more than 13,000 cases. The governor has predicted that the state will run out of fans by Thursday.

Places like Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington, D.C. are also starting to see an increase in deaths.

“It will be the hardest and saddest week in the lives of most Americans, quite frankly. It will be our time in Pearl Harbor, our time of September 11, but it will not be located, “warned American surgeon general Jerome Adams on Fox News Sunday. “It will happen across the country. And I want America to understand that. “

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that new hospitalizations have dropped 50% in the past 24 hours. He warned that it was not yet clear whether the crisis was reaching a plateau in the state, which totals 4,159 deaths and more than 122,000 cases, by far the largest number of all American states. (Graphic:

Nationally, respiratory disease cases have exceeded 336,000, while the death toll has risen to 9,573, according to a Reuters count.

Cuomo said that after the peak of the epidemic, a massive deployment of rapid tests would be essential to help the nation “get back to normal.”

President Donald Trump said the country was facing a “big hour of grief”, but expressed hope that the deaths could “stabilize” in New York.

“We see light at the end of the tunnel. Things are happening, “he told reporters.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the Trump Coronavirus Task Force, said it had taken weeks such as social distancing and prescriptions. home support to slow the spread of the virus.

“What you hear about the potential light at the end of the tunnel does not take away from the fact that tomorrow, the next day, it will really look bad,” Fauci told reporters.

A healthcare worker pauses outside the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New York, the United States, on April 5, 2020. REUTERS / Jeenah Moon

(Graphic: American coronavirus, here)


Most states have ordered residents to stay at home, except for essential trips to slow the spread of the virus in the United States.

But eight states, all with Republican governors, have yet to order residents to stay at their homes: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, l ‘Utah and Wyoming. Georgia, which has recorded 6,600 cases and more than 200 deaths, ordered residents to stay at their homes but then allowed some beaches to reopen.

Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson defended his refusal to order statewide restrictions, saying the situation was under close scrutiny and that his “more focused approach” was still slowing the spread of the disease. virus.

Adams, the surgeon general, said that governors who had not issued a month’s stay order should at least consider one for the coming week.

White House medical experts predicted that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could be killed during the pandemic, even if orders to stay at home were followed.

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Some churches have organized large gatherings on Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week in Christian churches.

Pastor Tony Spell, who was arrested last week for holding services, summoned his worshipers again, three weeks after Louisiana prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people.

Oregon, which has reported around 1,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, said it was sending 140 respirators to New York, machines that help people breathe after the virus attacked them. lungs. Washington returns more than 400 machines to national strategic stock for hard-hit states like New York.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said the city has enough fans to run Tuesday or Wednesday, and is looking for between 1,000 and 1,500 more from federal and state stocks, which he estimates he has respectively 10,000 and 2,800.

Reports by Susan Heavey, Amanda Becker, Alexandra Alper, Matt Spetalnick, Jan Wolfe and Daphne Psaledakis in Washington, Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut, Joseph Ax and Daniel Trotta in New York and Elizabeth Culliford in Birmingham, England; Writing by Lisa Shumaker and Andrew Hay; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney

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