New York: The US is headed for a “tough two weeks”, President Donald Trump has warned, advising people to be prepared for the “hard days” ahead, as the country fights the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic that the White House projects could claim one to two lakh lives in the coming weeks. Trump’s remarks came as Deborah Bix, a member of White House Task Force on coronavirus, based on a model from actual data from the ground, said the death toll in the US could be between 100,000 to 200,000, with the strict implementation of the existing mitigation measures including social distancing till April 30.
US coronavirus deaths have set one-day record at 865, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, more than 800,000 people have been infected and over 40,000 have died, according to a tally kept by the University. Italy and Spain accounted for half the deaths, while the US had over 180,000 infections, with more dead than China’s official toll of about 3,300.