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Trump Expects ’Hell of A Bad Two Weeks’ Warning Virus May Kill Between 100k And 240k in the US

Trump Expects ’Hell of A Bad Two Weeks’ Warning Virus May Kill Between 100k And 240k in the US
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By Staff, Agencies

US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Tuesday that they should expect to see between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths stemming from the coronavirus even if social distancing measures are maintained.

Speaking from the White House press room, where the president over the past several weeks has delivered daily media briefings alongside his coronavirus taskforce, Trump said current projections show a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead.

"This is going to be a very painful -- a very, very painful -- two weeks," Trump said as he described the pandemic as "a plague."

Members of his coronavirus task force offered a grim forecast of between 100,000 and 240,000 US deaths in the coming months, taking into account current mitigation efforts.

"As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it," Anthony Fauci, the US’ top infectious disease expert, said with Trump at his side when asked about the lower figure of 100,000.

The US saw its death toll top 3,800, roaring past China's official tally of 3,309, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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