The United States entered one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis, with government officials warning the death toll in states such as New York, Michigan and Louisiana was a sign of trouble to come in other states.
“This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly. This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localised,” US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Fox News on Sunday.
The warning came as Europe began to see glimmers of hope with Italy’s death toll at its lowest in more than two weeks and its infection curve finally on a downward slope. In Spain, new deaths dropped for a third straight day.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, was admitted to a hospital for tests, in what his office said was a “precautionary step” and that he remains in charge of the government.
Globally, the death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new virus, neared 70,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, while the number of infections rose above 1.27 million.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, April 6
01:12 GMT – China reports increase in cases
Mainland China reported 39 new coronavirus cases at the end of Sunday, all but one of them imported from abroad, up from the 30 reported a day earlier, as the number of asymptomatic cases also surged.
The National Health Commission said 78 new asymptomatic cases had been identified on Sunday, compared with 47 the day before.
Only one new death was recorded on April 5, the new data showed.
00:46 GMT – US ‘will reach a horrific point’ in virus deaths
Trump is warning of an increase in coronavirus deaths in the US in the coming weeks.
“I think we all know that we have to reach a certain point, and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death. But its also a point at which things are going to start changing,” the president says.
“We are getting very close to that level right now. The next week and a half, two weeks are going to be very difficult.”
00:30 GMT – Haiti reports first death
Haiti recorded its first death from the coronavirus, a 55-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.
He was one of only 21 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
British PM Boris Johnson hospitalized (3:26)
00:20 GMT – Trump hopes for ‘leveling-off’ of coronavirus in hot spots
Trump is expressing hope the US is seeing a “leveling-off” of the coronavirus crisis, citing a slight drop in deaths in New York, the hardest-hit state.
“Maybe that’s a good sign,” Trump told reporters, referring to the drop in fatalities. “We see light at the end of the tunnel. Things are happening.”
The death toll in New York state rose to 4,159 on Sunday, up from 3,565 the day before.
00:00 GMT – US braces for ‘hardest, saddest’ week
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams is bracing Americans for what he says is going to be “the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives” because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localised,” the top doctor warned on Fox News on Sunday.
“It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.”
He also has a message to the nine governors who haven’t yet imposed shelter-in-place orders in their states
“If you can’t give us a month, give us what you can. Give us a week. Give us whatever you can to stay at home during this particularly tough time when we’re going to be hitting our peak over the next seven to 10 days.”
Hello, this is Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives, with Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
You can find all of the updates from yesterday, April 5 here.
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