It’s going to be a ‘very, very painful two weeks’

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, March 29, 2020.

Al Drago | Reuters

President Donald Trump prepared Americans for a coming surge in coronavirus cases, calling COVID-19 a plague and saying the U.S. is facing a “very, very painful two weeks.” 

“This is going to be a rough two-week period,” Trump said at a White House press conference Tuesday. “When you look at night the kind of death that has been caused by this invisible enemy, it’s incredible.”

The U.S. has more coronavirus cases than any other country in the world with 184,000 confirmed infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. New York has now become the new epicenter of the outbreak in the world with 75,795 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning, more reported infections than China’s Hubei province where the coronavirus emerged in December. 

Earlier in the day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the outbreak in the state may not peak for three weeks.

“I’m tired of being behind this virus. We’ve been behind this virus from day one,” the governor said in Albany. “We underestimated this virus. It’s more powerful, it’s more dangerous than we expected.”

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. 

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