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Coronavirus: Trump warns death rate close to ‘horrific point’

President Donald Trump has warned that the US will reach a “horrific point” in terms of death rates as one of the country’s top doctors said the nation should brace for levels of tragedy reminiscent of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks.

The US leader showed glimmers of optimism at a coronavirus briefing in the White House on Sunday, saying that the US was seeing a “levelling-off” of the crisis in some of the nation’s hotspots for the outbreak.

However, he said the US will reach a “horrific point” in terms of deaths recorded on a daily basis, asserting that projections of total fatalities related to the infection “may be on the high side”.

“We will reach a horrific point in terms of deaths from coronavirus, but from that point, things will start to change. We are very close to that level,” Mr Trump said.

The number of cases across the US climbed to at least 331,151 on Sunday with around 9,441 fatalities, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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