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US President Donald Trump has told his citizens they should brace for “painful” weeks ahead.
Worsening projections suggest the virus might claim up to 250,000 US lives in the coming weeks and months.
“This is going to be a very painful – a very, very painful two weeks,” Mr Trump said at the White House, describing the pandemic as “a plague”.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead.”