President Donald Trump said on Saturday, April 4, that the United States is heading into a very difficult week as the CCP Virus outbreak is spreading quickly, warning there would be “a lot of death.”

“This will be probably the toughest week,” the president said at a White House press briefing on coronavirus developments on Saturday afternoon.

“There will be a lot of death, unfortunately, but a lot less death if this was not done,” President Trump said, referring to the measures taken by the federal government to address the pandemic.

Joining the news conference, Dr. Deborah Birx—response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, also warned that the virus hotspots such as New York, Detroit, and Louisiana will see a spike in deaths over next six to seven days.

Birx elaborated that several hundred people could die per day in New York alone next week as estimated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when the peak hits.

The health official said places like Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Washington, D.C., are “starting to go on that upside” of the CCP Virus mortality curve.

“This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” she said.

President Trump on Saturday also continued to urge the American people to follow his administration’s social distancing guidelines, which recommend the citizens nationwide avoid restaurants and bars, minimize in-person gathering, and bypass nonessential travel until the end of April.

The president expressed confidence the strict lockdown and other measures imposed in a number of states will be eased “sooner rather than later.”

“We have to vanquish the virus as quickly as we can. … We have to get back to work,” the president said, adding that the country “was not designed to be closed.”

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