AGENCIES, Washington: Very much like Japan, the coronavirus pandemic situation in the US is grim and getting worse each day. The number of the coronavirus cases in the US crossed 7,00,000 on Friday, while over 35,000 people have died from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
An optimistic President Donald Trump assured his people that America was “very close” to seeing the light “shinning brightly” at the end of the tunnel.
New York, the financial capital of the world, has emerged as the epicenter of the pandemic. More than 14,000 people have died in the city and over 2,00,000 people have tested positive so far. Neighbouring New Jersey has more than 78,000 cases and 3,800 deaths.
Trump told media at the White House on Friday that till date, the US had conducted more than 3.78 million coronavirus tests, by far the most in any country.
“It’s not even close. In the hardest-hit areas such as New York and Louisiana we have also tested more people per capita than South Korea, Singapore, and every other country. The United States has the most robust, advanced and accurate testing system anywhere in the world,” he said.
Trump said that the number of deaths could have been much higher if his administration had not mounted a massive effort against containing the coronavirus. “It’s a horrible thing that happened to our country. This is a horrible thing that happened to 184 countries all over the world. It was a horrible thing and there was no reason for it. That should never, ever happen again,” Trump said.
Ultimate victory in this war will be made possible by America’s scientific brilliance, Mr. Trump asserted.
“There is nothing like us, there is nobody like us, not even close. I wish I could tell you stories what other countries, even powerful countries say to me, the leaders. They say it quietly and they say off the record, but they have great respect for what we can do,” he said.
According to Vice President Mike Pence, despite the loss of more than 35,000 Americans, the latest data show that the new cases are slow and steady on the West Coast.
“We continue to see cases and hospitalisations declining in the new greater New York City area, in New Orleans and Detroit and elsewhere,” he said.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 1,54,142 people have died and 22,42,868 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus that originated in China in November last year.
Over 35,000 people have died in the U.S. and the country has 7,01,131 infections, the highest in the world.