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WHITE HOUSE - America’s COVID-19 death toll will be substantially lower than the 100,000 to 240,000 people previously projected, President Donald Trump predicted Friday.

“I think we’ll be substantially under that number,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing, suggesting it would more likely hover around 60,000 deaths. “We’ll see what it ends up being.”

The president also stated that universal testing for COVID-19 did not need to be in place before reopening the country, suggesting that screening for the virus was not necessary in large parts of the country where fewer cases have been reported.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Washington

NEW YORK - New York's governor said Friday that he is "cautiously optimistic" that the hardest hit U.S. state is starting to see a flattening in the number of new coronavirus infections, even as the death rate continues to remain dramatically high.

"To use an overused term, we are cautiously optimistic that we are slowing the infection rate," Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters in the state capital, Albany. "That is what the numbers say, that is what the data suggest to us."

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People wear face masks for protection against the coronavirus as the walk their dog on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, April 10, 2020. 

In Louisiana, two-thirds of the deaths from coronavirus have been among African Americans, in a state where blacks make up only one-third of the population.

"What you see playing out is something that's very tragic," said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

While data is incomplete, a trend is apparent: COVID-19 is hitting African Americans harder than white populations.

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People seen along along 53rd Street wear personal protective equipment during the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chicago, Illinois, April 7, 2020.

The federal government is classifying the deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that could have contributed to the loss of someone's life.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said the federal government is continuing to count the suspected COVID-19 deaths, despite other nations doing the opposite.

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President Trump listens as coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx speaks during a briefing at the White House. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images 

WASHINGTON - The Navy's acting secretary has been forced to apologize after a profanity-laden broadside in which he called the fired commander of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt "too naive or too stupid."

Thomas Modly issued a written apology Monday hours after President Donald Trump, at a White House news conference, described his comments about Capt. Brett E. Crozier as "rough."  

At least 173 sailors aboard the ship had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday, and about 2,000 of the 4,865 crew members had been taken off the ship to be tested.  

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In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly speaks to Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) from across the brow via the ship's 1-MC public address system, March 31, 2020.

NEW YORK - New York’s governor said Monday that it is possible his state is seeing a flattening of the curve of coronavirus cases, but it is still too early to be certain.

Andrew Cuomo noted that the number of deaths has remained flat for two days, as have the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Sickened patients requiring hospitalization have also remained steady for about three days, and the number of patients requiring ventilators in intensive care units has also significantly dropped.

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Paramedics wheel a patient from an ambulance to an emergency arrival area at Elmhurst Hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, April 6, 2020.

New York state has seen its first drop in daily coronavirus deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday -- as the U.S. Northern Command said it would deploy a combined total of 1,000 Air Force and Navy medical providers to the New York City area to support relief efforts in the next three days.

Cuomo said New York also experienced a slight drop in intensive care admissions and the number of patients who need breathing tubes inserted. The hospital discharge rate is "way up" he said, calling it "great news."

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Cars pass the Jacob Javitz convention Center Friday, April 3, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City will be "converted to a COVID facility." The original plan was that non-COVID patients would go to the convention center and it would be an "overflow for hospitals." (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

WASHINGTON - Top U.S. health officials warned Americans on Sunday that the United States will face a shocking coronavirus death toll in the coming week as the pandemic continues to ravage the country. 

“This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told “Fox News Sunday.” “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country." 

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FILE - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams attends a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, in Washington, March 22, 2020.

NEW YORK - Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled down so his pleas could be heard.

"Every person there, they're not a body," he said. "They're a father, they're a mother, they're a grandmother. They're not bodies. They're people."

Like many funeral homes in New York and around the globe, Marmo's business is in crisis as he tries to meet surging demand amid the coronavirus pandemic that has killed around 1,400 people in New York City alone, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York, says his company can handle 60 cases at a time. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was taking care of 185 on April 2, 2020.

Much has been written of the warning signs, symptoms and dangers of COVID-19. But what is it like to live through an active infection? Several sufferers share their stories, day-by-day medical conditions, thoughts and observations with VOA’s Carolyn Presutti in this second installment of a bi-weekly series chronicling life with the coronavirus. The first installment can be read here: Coronavirus Patients Share Their Trials and Tribulations

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Francis Wilson on his hospital bed (Credit: Francis Wilson)