US President, Donald Trump has told his country men and women to brace for a big spike in coronavirus fatalities in the coming days, as the country faces what he called the toughest two weeks of the pandemic.
“There’s going to be a lot of death,” Trump said at a briefing with newsmen on Sunday.
Trump condemned critics who claim that the federal government has not done enough to get ventilators that many critically ill coronavirus patients need to survive to the states.
According to him, some governors are asking for more machines than they will need.
“Fears of shortages have led to inflated requests,” Trump said of submissions his administration has received to dole out equipment from the strategic national stockpile.
The U.S. has the world’s highest number of known cases of COVID-19, the flu-like respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
Reuters reports that over 306,000 people have tested positive in the U.S. and over 8,300 have died.
White House medical experts have forecast that between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could be killed in the pandemic, even if sweeping orders to stay home are followed.
“We are coming up to a time that is going to be very horrendous,” Trump lamented.