Trump: Nasty, horrible coronavirus pandemic will get worse before it gets better in US

In his first media conference in White House in nearly three months on the raging coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump said the disease outbreak will get worse before it gets better in the United States.

Dubbing COVID-19 as “nasty, horrible’, Trump highlighted the measures taken by his administration to check the spread of the disease and outlined the progress US has made in keeping the fatality rate low.

“It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better,” Trump said while talking about a reduction in deaths and progress on vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, which he kept referring to as “China virus” repeatedly.

As per Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker, more than 3.8 million people in the United States have been infected with the virus. More than 141,000 deaths have been reported in the United States already due to the pandemic. Some states including Florida are seeing a surge of cases.

Admonishing young people against flocking to bars and amplifying the chances of spreading the disease, President Trump declared his support for masks as a way to fight the pandemic. Encouraging Americans to wear masks where social distancing is not possible he said, “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact,” he said. Pulling out a mask he said, “I am getting used to it.”

“As one family, we mourn every precious life that’s been lost. I pledge in their honour that we will develop a vaccine and we will defeat the virus. We are doing very well with vaccine development and therapeutic development,” he said, while adding that his administration will stop at nothing to save lives and take care of those who are vulnerable.

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Highlighting the testing aspect, he said, “We’re going to be over 50 million tests, second country is India with 12 million (tests). Then you has seven million, six million, and four million. I think we are doing a tremendous amount of testing.”

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Highlighting how US has learnt the best practices from other countries, President Trump said, “We’ve learned best practices for treatment of the virus at every stage and have shared the findings with medical providers and we have shared them all over the world. The relationship with other countries have been very strong. We’re all working together.”

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