Virus-hit U.S. girds for 'Pearl Harbor moment' as death toll spikes

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

Globally, the death toll is more than 65,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The number of people infected in the USA has exceeded 300,000, with the death toll climbing past 8,400; more than 3,500 of those deaths are in the state of NY.

"Well, it's tragically fitting that we're talking at the beginning of Holy Week because this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives, quite frankly", Adams told "Fox News Sunday", comparing it to historic national tragedies.

"As hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days", Adams said.

The US trails behind Italy and Spain - both of which grappled with earlier outbreaks - for the highest number of cumulative deaths, according to the tally.

Adams, pressed on why President Donald Trump won't issue a blanket stay-at-home order, stopped short of supporting such a move, saying he believed those in nine states without that local order are complying by staying at home anyway.

"This next week is going to look bad because we're still not at that apex", he said of NY.

The governor said rapid testing, still out-of-reach, was key to a "return to normalcy", while reiterating appeals for equipment including ventilators from other states as well as from the federal stockpile.

"Not having a national strategy where there is one policy for the country as opposed to a patchwork based on whomever the governor is, is something that I think is creating a more porous situation where COVID-19 will go longer and more people will get sick and", Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Fox News.

"Give us a week".

He emphasized the need to stay home this week in particular, to protect themselves and others.

"This will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week, and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately, but a lot less death than if this wasn't done but there will be death", Trump said.

Fauci said that the rate of new cases will determine whether the United States is putting the worst behind it.

Her warning came as the state of NY reported its first fall in coronavirus deaths on Sunday, with 594 fatalities compared with 630 on Saturday.

"The apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now", he said.

Fauci also warned that unless the world gets the virus under control, it will "assume a seasonal nature".

"Ninety percent of Americans are doing their part, even in the states where they haven't had a shelter in place", Adams said.

After noting that he ran a state department of health and that he's talked to many governors, Adams gave a grim comparison regarding the anticipated rise of coronavirus cases next week.

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