U.S. officials brace for ‘peak death week’ in coronavirus

U.S. officials on Monday girded the country for a “peak death week” from the coronavirus pandemic as the accelerating American death toll closed the gap with Italy and Spain, the countries with the most fatalities to date reported Reuters.

“It’s going to be the peak hospitalization, peak ICU week and unfortunately, peak death week,” Admiral Brett Giroir, a physician and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.

Giroir raised a particular alarm for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Detroit, and reinforced the messaging from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams who warned on Sunday that, “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.”

Confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases topped 336,000 on Sunday. The United States is by far the world leader with nearly twice as many cases as in Spain and in Italy, according to a Reuter’s rally of official data.

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