Trump: US in store for ‘hell of a bad two weeks’

President Trump laid out in the starkest terms yet dire warnings for the United States in the coming days for COVID-19 victims. The coronavirus death toll is projected to be between 100,000 and 240,000.


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April 1, 2020 - 10:10 AM

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx participates in a news briefing with members of the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House Tuesday. Photo by Chris Kleponis - Pool - Sipa USA - TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

Public health officials stressed Tuesday that the number could be less if people across the country bear down on keeping their distance from one another.

“We really believe we can do a lot better than that,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force. That would require all Americans to take seriously their role in preventing the spread of disease, she said.

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