Washington , Apr 8 :
The number of deaths in the US due to the coronavirus early today crossed 12,700, with a record 1,900 fatalities in a single day, as President Donald Trump sought to assure a grieving nation that new data projections reveal fewer deaths than originally thought.
We’re looking to have far fewer deaths than originally thought. I think we’re heading in that direction, but it’s too early to talk about it, Trump told reporters at his daily White House news briefing.
While the death toll in the US continues to soar and those being infected by the deadly virus now approaching four lakhs, the highest for any country in the world.
New York, the epicentre of COVID-19 in the US, alone accounts for 5,400 deaths and 1,38,000 cases, followed by adjoining New Jersey with 1,200 deaths and 44,416 cases.
The national number of both fatalities and cases of infections are expected to jump during the next week, officials believe, but they exuded confidence that strict enforcement of social mitigation measures, including social distancing, would help bring things under control in the next few weeks.
We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, Trump said during a White House meeting on Small Businesses.
Nearly 97 percent of the America’s 330 million population are under stay-at-home order. In the last 10 days, the US Army has added thousands of new beds by converting large public spaces like convention centres into makeshift hospitals. Thousands of ventilators have been distributed, along with millions of face masks, personal protection equipment and essential medical supplies.
US sanctions hurts Iran
The coronavirus pandemic has afflicted more than 1.4 million people and killed just over 82,000 worldwide, with the worst hot spots found in the US, Spain, Italy, France and a number of other European countries. Iran – where the fight against coronavirus is impeded by a raft of crippling US sanctions which Washington refuses to lift, despite pleas from its European allies – has also seen a wave of cases and fatalities, embarking on a campaign to test tens of millions of citizens for the virus in hopes of tracing and containing it. While Covid-19 was first observed in China, aggressive containment measures and lockdowns have slowed the country’s outbreak to a crawl, reporting only two deaths and 62 new cases in its latest figures.