- Donal Trump warned the US that many more deaths are predicted
- Even with a lockdown the casualties are expected to be the hundreds of thousands
- New York State is the hardest hit with the virus and accounts for a 3rd of the total national deaths
United States President Donald Trump has warned the public that the coming days are going to be very difficult as the number of predicted deaths from the virus will skyrocket. He called it the toughest 2 weeks of the pandemic.
“There’s going to be a lot of death,” Trump said at a briefing with reporters.
He brushed aside criticism that the government had done too little to source enough ventilators which could increase the chances of survival of critically ill patients.
“Fears of shortages have led to inflated requests,” Trump said in reply to the demand for equipment.
The US is the epicentre of the global pandemic, with the highest number of cases, over 306 000 confirmed and 8300 deaths according to SABC.
The White House medical advisors have predicted that as many as 100 000 - 240 000 Americans could die, even with a nationwide lockdown.
“We are coming up to a time that is going to be very horrendous,” Trump said at the White House. “We probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers. Maybe during the war, during a World War One or Two or something.”
630 people have died in the US State of New York and the cases are reported to be spreading like wildfire.
New York has reported that 3565 people have died from the virus or complications related to the disease.
Health experts predict that the state may be near the peak of the outbreak, the worst point in the disease as cases skyrocket.
“We’re not yet at the apex, we’re getting closer … Our reading of the projections is we’re somewhere in the seven-day range,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
“It’s only been 30 days since our first case,” he said. “It feels like an entire lifetime.”
The contagious nature of the disease has separated families, most tragic of all they cannot see their loved ones who are critically ill or in their final hours.
“There’s something sort of unquantifiably painful about telling a family their loved one died without letting them see them,” a resident at New York-Presbyterian hospital said.
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