Trump news - live: President expected to unveil new coronavirus guidelines as US death toll surpasses China

Joe Sommerlad, Chris Riotta
·1-min read
AFP
AFP

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has warned Americans abroad to come home “immediately” after the country’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak surpassed that of 9/11 and passed the 3,000 mark, with the country now suffering some 163,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease.

Former vice president Al Gore has meanwhile reminded Donald Trump “you can’t gaslight a virus” as the president seeks to project an image of unity and bipartisan approval of his response to the crisis, despite his initial denial and inaction unquestionably making matters worse and drawing widespread criticism.

As New York continues to battle the crisis, new makeshift field hospitals are opening in Central Park’s East Meadow, offering 68-beds to support the nearby Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as aboard the USNS Comfort and at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, more commonly the site of the US Open.

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