U.S. Crosses 4,000 Death Toll Mark As Trump Predicts ‘Very, Very Painful Two Weeks’ Ahead

President Trump has cautioned the American people to brace for “a very, very painful two weeks” as the coronavirus continues to plague the United States and the world.

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. death toll crossed the 4,000-mark just one day after it passed 3,000 deaths on Tuesday.

“This is going to be a rough two-week period,” Trump said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “As a nation, we’re going to have a really rough two weeks. Our strength will be tested and our endurance will be tried.”

Fox News reports:

Deaths surged by roughly 700 on Tuesday, as infections are nearing 190,000 in the U.S. Wyoming is now the only state in the country without a fatality from the virus after Hawaii announced a senior citizen with multiple medical issues had died from the pandemic, according to Hawaii News Now.

New York — the epicenter for the virus outbreak in the U.S. — has over 76,000 infections and more than 1,700 fatalities as of early Wednesday. Over 43,000 of the state’s infections and more than half of its deaths have occurred in New York City.

In the U.S., 11 states have over 4,000 coronavirus infections — Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana and Massachusetts have started to become emerging hotspots for the virus. Michigan now has 7,615 cases after 1,117 infections and 75 deaths were recorded in a single day. Over 259 people in the state have died from the virus.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” the president added during the presser. “And then hopefully, as the experts are predicting, as I think a lot of us are predicting, after having studied it so hard, we’re going to start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel, but this is going to be a very painful, very, very painful two weeks.”

“But America will answer with love and courage, and iron-clad resolve,” Trump praised. “This is the time for all Americans to come together and do our part.”

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The president also cautioned that people continue to follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“It is absolutely critical for the American people to follow the guidelines,” he said. “It’s a matter of life and death.”

“This could be a hell of a bad two weeks,” the president said later. “This is going to be a very bad two maybe three weeks. This is going to be three weeks like we have never seen before.”

BizPac Review reports both Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, who the White House has hired to help them combat the spread of the coronavirus, have mentioned the target number of deaths is constantly shifting—mostly dependent on personal behavior and whether people continue to follow safety guidelines:

Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said the federal government is working “very hard to bring that number down.”

“Our hope is to get that down as far as we possibly can,” Fauci said, as he too stressed that Americans be diligent in adhering to mitigation guidelines.

“We don’t accept that number, that that’s what it’s going to be,” he said. “I don’t want it to be a mixed message. We want to do much much better than that.”

Dr. Deborah Birx the White House coronavirus response coordinator said behaviors such as social distancing could change “the course of the viral pandemic.”

“There’s no magic bullet, there’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors,” Birx said.