The US President Donald Trump has admitted to having lost three friends to the “vicious” coronavirus, and claims 100,000 Americans will also die.
President Trump told Fox News on Sunday, in an emotional manner that he has lost three friends and said “I’ve never seen death like this, I’ve never personally experienced anything like it. And they talk about the flu and all of that.
“Well I know people that had the flu all my life and nobody ever died.
“I never had a fried who had the flu and he died.
“I’ve lost three friends, one of them a very good friend, a very successful man, New York guy, employed a lot of people and they’re all crying over his death.
“Stanley Chera. He went to the hospital, he calls me up and he goes I tested positive. I said what are you going to do?
“He said I’m going to the hospital, I’ll call you tomorrow. He didn’t call. I called the hospital and he was in a coma.”
Trump added, “This is a very horrible thing we’re fighting.”
He told Fox that he believes as many as 100,000 Americans could die from coronavirus, as the death toll in the US has passed previous estimates.
Trump told the news station that he s confident the US will find a vaccine for the virus by the end of this year.
“I think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year. The doctors would say, well you shouldn’t say that,” the US President said.
“I’ll say what I think … I think we’ll have a vaccine sooner than later.”
He said, “We’re going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people. That’s a horrible thing.”
Speaking on the US economy, Trump said “We can’t stay closed as a country (or) we’re not gonna have a country left.”