US President Donald Trump upped his stance in the battle against the killer bug by telling the country it would “go through a very tough two weeks”. Speaking on Tuesday night, he, along with other medical experts, issued a stark statement that said the US could expect around 240,000 people to die as a result of the coronavirus. The desolate tone struck by Mr Trump echoed that of the United Nations, which warned the infection was “the most challenging crisis we have faced since World War 2”.
But, Express.co.uk has looked to find out exactly what impact the coronavirus could have on the US, and how it compares to other wars the country has been involved in.
On Tuesday, the US’ death toll as a result of the virus soared past 3,800 – which went above China’s official count, although many claim Beijing has not been transparent with its figures.
As the death toll continues to rise, Mr Trump has continued to be heavily criticised for failing to prepare one of the world’s richest nations with test kits, breathing apparatus and other essential equipment.
However, when he delivered his update on how the US intended to tackle the crisis, he struck a more decisive tone than previous statements, where he claimed the virus could be halted by Easter.
He said: “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead.
“We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks. This is going to be a very painful, very, very painful two weeks.”
He, alongside Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus taskforce response coordinator, both said the US could expect somewhere in the region of 100,000 to 240,000 people losing their lives to the coronavirus.
They also said that had work to control the virus not been in place, the number of deaths could have skyrocketed into the millions.
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The US is not alone in experiencing the hard strike of pandemics or war, but due to its heightened population it is often among the worst hit.
Figures compiled from the US Department for Veteran Affairs, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and Statista, show how many have been killed in the past century compared to these stark statistics from Mr Trump.
According to the data, the brutal World War 2 death toll should not be matched, despite Tuesday’s coronavirus predictions.
The conflict, which lasted between 1939 and 1945, saw 291,557 people die in the battle to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
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The next highest death tolls from other conflicts include the Vietnam War (46,434 deaths) and the Korean War (33,739).
In more recent times, the US has also seen thousands of lives claimed in atrocities such as the Afghanistan and Iraq wars (5,668) and the 9/11 attacks (2,977).
As the world continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, UN Secretary General António Guterres reached the grim conclusion of what impact the virus will have on the world.
He said countries across the globe had to show more solidarity in its fight to halt the virus, as well as the potential economic fallout.
He added: “It is a combination, on the one hand, of a disease that represents a threat to everybody in the world and, second, because it has an economic impact that will bring a recession that probably has no parallel in the recent past.
“This is, indeed, the most challenging crisis we have faced since World War 2.
“Let us remember that we are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world.”
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