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U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 10,000 as country braces for onslaught Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

Death toll for the novel coronavirus in the United States neared 10,000 on Monday, according to statistics site Worldometers, with New York having close to half of all the dead.

For the third day in a row, daily death toll on Sunday was above 1,000, with Worldometers recording 1165 dead.

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New York State has recorded over 4000 dead and officials have warned that hospitals and staff were on the brink of being overwhelmed from the over 337,000 infections, the highest than anywhere else in the world.

President Donald Trump speaking at a White House press briefing on Sunday repeated what he said last week that the coming days and weeks would be deadly.

Although more than a thousand people are dying every day, the worst is yet to come, according to U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday”, Adams said the next week will be “the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives”. He called it our “our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment”

The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States has already eclipsed the total deaths from the 9/11 terror attacks in New York where the World Trade Center towers collapsed more than 18 years ago.

At a press briefing at the White House last Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the next two weeks in the U.S. will be “very painful”. The President said he wants “every American to be prepared for the days that lie ahead”.

White House model
White House model for coronavirus deaths.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said at the briefing estimates showed between 1 million to 2 million in the U.S. could die from the virus if the current mitigation efforts, including social distancing are not maintained.

However, even with social distancing, between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths could be recorded, Birx said.

“As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Is it going to be that much? I hope not, and I think the more we push on the mitigation, the less likelihood it will be that number.”

At a press briefing at the White House on Saturday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert insisted that social distancing should be implemented all over the country while President Trump at the same briefing said the country should be re-opened.

“You can take it to the bank,” Dr.Fauci, who is seen as speaking honestly to the American people said. “Mitigation works.”.

President Trump promptly reacted with “But we cannot destroy our economy”.

Recent polls have said that with the coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc and killing close to or above a thousand people in recent days, most people would not go back to work as long as they can be infected and die.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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