Coronavirus: Chilling alert from US President Donald Trump

Coronavirus: Chilling alert from US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump warned that "there will be a lot of death" in the US as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the country, warning the public to brace themselves for America’s “toughest week”.

His remarks came as the total number of cases of coronavirus soared above 300,000, with more than 8000 deaths.

Around half of those deaths occurred in the state of New York alone, which has become the virus 'epicenter.

630 people have died in New York in the last 24 hours, the largest single-day increase in the US since the epidemic.

New York State's coronavirus toll has risen to 3565 at a devastating pace.

At a press conference in the White House, President Trump said he was committed to providing virus hotspots around the country with resources to combat the outbreak.

“We will move heaven and earth to safeguard our great American citizens,” Mr Trump said.

He announced that New York would receive “about a thousand military people — nurses, doctors, lots of other people because that's what they need”, While thousands of other military personnel would soon be sent to help elsewhere in the US.

“They're going into war,” Mr Trump said. “They're going into a battle that they've never really trained for.”

While Mr Trump was confident the action plan would better prepare the nation for the continuing war with COVID-19, he told Americans to expect a spike in death toll numbers.

“We are coming up onto a time that's going to be very horrendous, probably a time like we haven't seen in this country,” he said. “We're getting to that point where it's going to really be some very bad numbers.”

During the conference, Mr. Trump also signaled his frustration at the necessary strict social distance measures implemented across the country due to the harmful impact on the economy.

“We have to open our country again,” he said. “We have to open our country again. We don't want to be doing this for months and months and months.”

According to Johns Hopkins University, the death rate worldwide is more than 59,100.