With the US Government battling with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, President Donald Trump has expressed hope that cases were “leveling off” in the country’s hotspots, saying he saw “light at the end of the tunnel”.
On Sunday, New York, which is the epicenter of the US outbreak, reported a drop in the number of new infections and deaths. This was described as a “good sign”, but Trump warned of more deaths as the pandemic neared its “peak” in the US.
“In the days ahead, America will endure the peak of this pandemic,” Mr Trump said at his daily coronavirus briefing.
According to him, more medical personnel and supplies, including masks and ventilators, would be sent to the states that are most in need of assistance.
Also speaking at the briefing, Deborah Birx, a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, said the situation in Italy and Spain, where infections and deaths have fallen in recent days, was “giving us hope on what our future could be”.
“We’re hopeful over the next week that we’ll see a stabilisation of cases in these metropolitan areas where the outbreak began several weeks ago.”
Meanwhile, the US surgeon general, Jerome Adams had warned that this will be “the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives”.
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment,” he added.
The US currently has 337,274 confirmed infections and 9,619 deaths from COVID-19, by far the highest tally in the world.
The New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo had reported 594 new deaths giving an overall total of 4,159 deaths in New York.
According to him, 122,000 New York residents who have been infected but nearly 75% of patients who have required hospitalisation had now been discharged.