Trump: We're going to go through a very tough two weeks

Trump urges Americans to prepare for tough times as coronavirus pandemic spreads.

Elad Benari , | updated: 02:15

Trump stands in front of chart during briefing at the White House
Trump stands in front of chart during briefing at the White House
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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Americans to prepare for tough times as the coronavirus pandemic stretches to every corner of the United States.

"I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead," Trump said at a White House news briefing, according to The Hill.

"We're going to go through a very tough two weeks, and then hopefully as the experts are predicting... you're going to start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel," he added.

"But this is going to be a very painful, a very, very painful two weeks," the President stressed.

"It's absolutely critical for the American people to follow the guidelines for the next 30 days. It's a matter of life and death," Trump said.

Trump and his top health officials laid out data during the briefing that projected up to 240,000 Americans could die from the virus even with thorough mitigation measures in place.

The models underpinned Trump's decision to extend social distancing guidelines to the end of April.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, explained the data, urging the public to steel for difficult weeks ahead while expressing hope that the efforts would reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“There’s no magic bullet, there’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors,” Birx said, adding that it would be those behaviors that could change “the course of the viral pandemic.”

As of Tuesday, there were 186,113 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, and 3,807 deaths. The death toll passed the 3,000 mark late on Monday.

Last Friday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States reached 100,040, the highest number in the world.

A day earlier, the US officially became the country with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.



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