WASHINGTON

The number of people in the U.S. who have died from the novel coronavirus has surpassed the 6,000 mark, according to data released early Friday by Johns Hopkins University.

The university’s running tally counted 6,053 deaths and 245,540 cases as the U.S. struggles to curb the outbreak.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump warned that the next two weeks will be “very painful” in the U.S. in terms of deaths from the coronavirus and urged Americans to brace for “hard days ahead.”

“This is going to be a very, very painful two weeks,” he stressed at a White House press

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