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Americans to face ‘saddest week’; coronavirus could become seasonal; Queen Elizabeth addresses Britons

Americans have been warned to brace for the “hardest and the saddest week” of their lives as the nation’s coronavirus death toll jumped to three times the number of 9/11 fatalities.

US Surgeon-General Jerome Adams said the coming days would be “the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives because of the pandemic.

The US currently has more than 320,000 confirmed cases in total, and over 9,100 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US claimed 2900 lives.

However, there was a slight glimmer of hope in New York City, the US epicentre of the pandemic, with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying that daily deaths had dropped slightly, along with intensive care admissions and the number of patients who needed breathing tubes inserted.

Still, he warned that it was “too early to tell” the significance of those numbers.

He also predicted it would hit lives like the shock 1941 Japanese attack on the Pear Harbor naval base in Hawaii. The raid killed 2403 Americans.

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localised, Dr Adams said.”It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.

“Dr Adams also called on US state governors to impose stricter home quarantine measures.

Mr Adams told “Fox News Sunday” that “this is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment”.

He wants to make clear that “it’s going to be happening all over the country.

And I want America to understand that”.

New York City, the US epicentre of the pandemic, saw a glimmer of hope, with Gov Andrew Cuomo saying that the number of daily deaths had dropped slightly, along with intensive care admissions and the number of patients who need breathing tubes inserted.

Still, he warned that it was “too early to tell” the significance of those numbers.

Coronavirus could become seasonal

Dr Anthony Fauci says there a very good chance the new coronavirus “will assume a seasonal nature” because it is unlikely to be under control globally.

Dr Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He says the virus is unlikely to be completely eradicated from the planet this year.

That means the US could see the “beginning of a resurgence” during the next flu season.

Dr Fauci says the prospect of a resurgence is the reason the US is working so hard to get its preparedness “better than it was”. He says that includes working to develop a vaccine and conducting clinical trials on therapeutic interventions.

Queen addresses Britons

As of Sunday, Britain has recorded 4934 virus deaths overall among 47,806 cases. Those coming down with the virus in the UK include Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the health secretary, England’s chief medical official and Prince Charles, heir to the throne.

There are wide fears that Mr Johnson’s Conservative government did not take the virus seriously enough at first and that spring weather will tempt Britons and others to break social distancing rules.

In an address to the nation to be televised later Sunday (local time), Queen Elizabeth II appealed to Britons to exercise self-discipline in “an increasingly challenging time”.

The 93-year-old monarch said the pandemic had caused enormous disruptions, bringing grief, financial difficulties and daunting challenges to everybody. It is only the fourth time since her reign began in 1953 that she has given such an address.

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” she said in pre-released remarks.”

And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.”

The chief medical officer for Scotland meanwhile has apologised for ignoring her own policy and visiting her second home despite government advice to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Photos of Dr Catherine Calderwood appeared in The Scottish Sun on Saturday. Police gave her a warning and she is facing calls to resign.

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