AAmerica’s President Donald Trump sees the United States at the height of the coronavirus crisis. “I’m pretty sure we’re on top of the hill. And now we’re going down. In some cases, we’ve already started this process, ”Trump said Thursday night at a press conference in the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence then specified that the areas most affected by the epidemic – such as New York, Louisiana and Detroit – were “close” to the climax. “There are signs of progress. And hope becomes visible, ”said Pence.
“We have horrific numbers”
Trump was optimistic that fewer people could die in the crisis than was at least expected. He spoke of a level that could be lower than 100,000. “We have horrific numbers,” Trump said at the same time. Pence spoke of a “difficult” and “heartbreaking week” the United States was currently in. For two days in a row, almost 2,000 people had recently died after being infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. “These are not numbers, they are lives,” said Pence.
With regard to the death toll, the director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, virologist Anthony Fauci, spoke of a “bad week”. “In fact, there seems to be a record every day compared to the previous day,” said Fauci. As the death toll increased, the number of people coming to the hospital dropped “dramatically”. “It’s going in the right direction,” he said.
In the United States, a country of around 330 million people, there were approximately 450,000 confirmed coronavirus infections by Thursday, data from Johns Hopkins University showed. Around 16,000 people died as a result.