Washington: US President Donald Trump warned Americans to prepare for the upcoming “very terrible” death of the corona virus in the coming days, after Queen Elizabeth II’s Sunday. A rare speech aimed at collecting the devastated UK.
The global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has risen to over 60,000, while Europe continues to fall victim to the virus, which has limited about half of the planet to its own country.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, since the virus first appeared in China at the end of last year, more than 1.2 million confirmed cases worldwide and 65,000 people have died.
Trump said the United States was entering “a time that’s going to be very horrendous” with “some really bad numbers.”
“This will probably be the toughest week,” he said at the White House. “There will be a lot of death.”
At the same time, the president stressed the US — where infections have surpassed 300,000 — cannot remain shut down forever.
“Mitigation does work but again, we’re not going to destroy our country,” he said. “I’ve said it from the beginning — the cure cannot be worse than the problem.”
Worldwide, more than 45,000 people have died in Europe and the number of reported daily deaths in the UK has reached a record high: in almost 42,000 cases, the total number of deaths has risen to 4,300.
Queen Elizabeth II will deliver a rare “deeply personal” speech on Sunday to urge people to face the challenges of the coronavirus and to personally thank first-line workers.
“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” she will say, according to extracts released Saturday.
The epidemic has hit the world economy, companies have been hit hard and people are being forced to stay indoors to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Governments have launched large-scale, unprecedented stimulus plans to alleviate this pain, but economists have warned that the crisis could worsen poverty levels and cut millions of jobs.
Poor economies such as Iraq are struggling, and charities and volunteers are gathering to provide food to those in need.
“This is more dangerous than Daesh,” said Iraqi volunteer Mustafa Issa, referring to the Islamic State jihadist group that swept through a third of the country in 2014.