U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday the country will see “a lot of death” next week because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

“This will probably be the toughest week between this week and next week. And, there will be a lot of death, unfortunately, but a lot less death than if this wasn’t done,” he said at a White House’s COVID-19 task force news conference.

His remarks came as the country’s death toll approached 8,200 and diagnosed cases nears 305,000. So far, 14,500 people have recovered.

The doctor leading the White House’s coronavirus response team, Deborah Birx, presented a

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