Spain's coronavirus death toll rises by 674 but pace keeps slowing

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

The US surgeon general has braced the country for the worsening fallout from coronavirus, warning "this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives".

"This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe", she said.

Flare-ups of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, were in evidence elsewhere in the country - in New Jersey, across the river from Manhattan, and in Louisiana, whose governor warned that ventilator capacity would soon be exhausted.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Fox News host Chris Wallace spoke today about Adams's choice of words in a Sunday interview about the pandemic shutdown.

"I$3 t's why we put out these thirty days to stop the spread guidelines".

"This is going to be a test of our resolve", Adams said.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, faces one of the biggest challenges of his mandate, in a week that experts anticipate as what may be "the hardest" due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has been primed against the North American country. "We are emphasizing social distancing and we will do more as we need to", he said.

But the situation is rapidly deteriorating in the United States, where worst affected NY state reported a record 630 deaths in a single day. "These are essentially our national stay-at-home order", Adams said.

Trump has repeatedly said he will allow states to issue their own orders, and Adams said Sunday that guidelines for social distancing shared by the task force represent the federal stance on coronavirus response, saying that issuing a national order presents difficulties in regards to states' rights.

"The governors are intensely protective of their right, and rightly so, to be able to decide what's best for their states", he said.

Without mentioning Trump by name, he blasted the president's contention that the federal government was meant to serve as a "backup" for states' efforts to obtain needed supplies.

However, Andrew Cuomo, the state's governor, was cautious not to draw any conclusions although the figures provided a glimmer of hope.

The first COVID-19 death in the USA was reported in late February, and now the nation has more than 300,000 confirmed cases and at least 8,500 deaths.

On Sunday, Trump reiterated this and said, "We all know that we have to reach a certain point, and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death".

Sanchez said he could not rule out further extensions, but said an easing of the strict regulations could be possible if the situation improves. And Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden suggested his party's presidential nominating convention, which had already been delayed a month over coronavirus fears, could be forced to happen virtually. "We're getting very close to that level right now".

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