Coronavirus cases in US cross 700,000, death toll more than 35K

The last few months have been among the most challenging times in the history of the nation, Trump said.
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The number of the coronavirus cases in the US crossed700,000 on Friday, while over 35,000 people have died from the COVID-19pandemic, according to data maintained by Johns Hopkins University, asPresident Donald Trump assured his people that America was "veryclose" to seeing the light "shinning brightly" at the end of thetunnel.

New York, the financial capital of the world, has emerged asthe epicenter of the pandemic. More than 14,000 people have died in the cityand over 200,000 lakh people have tested positive so far. Neighbouring NewJersey has more than 78,000 cases and 3,800 deaths.

President Trump told reporters at the White House on Fridaythat to date the US had conducted more than 3.78 million coronavirus tests, byfar the most in any country.

"It's not even close. In the hardest-hit areas such asNew York and Louisiana we have also tested more people per capita than SouthKorea, Singapore, and every other country. The United States has the mostrobust, advanced and accurate testing system anywhere in the world," hesaid.

Trump said that the number of deaths could have been muchhigher if his administration had not mounted a massive effort againstcontaining the coronavirus. Against initial estimated death of between one andtwo lakhs, Trump hoped that the death toll could be far less and around 65,000.

"It's a horrible thing that happened to our country.This is a horrible thing that happened to 184 countries all over the world. Itwas a horrible thing and there was no reason for it. That should never, everhappen again," Trump said.

Ultimate victory in this war will be made possible byAmerica's scientific brilliance, Trump asserted.

"There is nothing like us, there is nobody like us, noteven close. I wish I could tell you stories what other countries, even powerfulcountries say to me, the leaders. They say it quietly and they say off therecord, but they have great respect for what we can do," he said.

The last few months have been among the most challengingtimes in the history of the nation, Trump said.

"This invisible enemy is tough and it's smart and it'sa vicious that every day we are getting closer to the future that we all havebeen waiting for," he said.

"I talk about the light at the end of the tunnel. Weare getting very, very close to seeing that light shine very brightly at theend of that tunnel and it is happening," he said.

According to Vice President Mike Pence, despite the tragicloss of more than 36,000 Americans, the latest data show that the new cases areslow and steady on the West Coast.

"We continue to see cases and hospitalisationsdeclining in the new greater New York City area, in New Orleans and Detroit andelsewhere," he said.

According to Johns Hopkins University, 154,142 people havedied and 2,242,868 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus thatoriginated in China in November last year.

Over 35,000 people have died in the US and the country has701,131 infections, the highest in the world.

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