AGENCIES, Washington: As several countries in the world are showing improvements in coronavirus related incidents, the opposite can be said for the US. In a serious blow to the Donald Trump administration in containing the pandemic, figures from Johns Hopkins University said that 2,108 people died in 24 hours while there are now more than half a million people in that country with confirmed infections.
At this rate, if the virus is not swiftly contained, the US will soon overtake Italy as the country with the most coronavirus deaths globally.
Experts in the White House Covid-19 task force say the outbreak is beginning to level off across the US, suggesting the virus is close to reaching its peak.
Dr Deborah Birx said there were good signs the outbreak was stabilising, but cautioned: “As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak.”
An optimistic President Donald Trump said he expects the US to see a lower death toll than the initial predictions of 100,000 coronavirus fatalities.
The US has now recorded 18,586 deaths and is closing in on the toll of 18,849 dead in Italy.
Trump on Friday said that his decision on when to reopen the US economy, shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be the toughest he has ever taken.
“I’m going to have to make a decision and I only hope to God that it’s the right decision. But I would say without question, it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Trump said during his daily media briefing.
Trump, who faces elections in November, is keen to get the US economy back on track. At the same time he also faces warnings from experts and the World Health Orthat a premature opening would put lives at risk.