Speaking to reporters at the White House over the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump warned COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. will explode over the next one to two weeks.
"This will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week and there'll be a lot of death, unfortunately, but a lot less death, death than if this wasn't done. But there will be death."
Trump also compared the predicted numbers to be on par with the number of fatalities seen in world wars.
While the U.S. president didn't give any estimates of how many people will die in the coming weeks, Trump administration officials earlier said as many as 200-thousand.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also said the coming week is going to be the "hardest and the saddest" for "most Americans' lives", comparing the predicted death toll in the coming weeks to be a "Pearl Harbor moment" and a "9/11 moment".
Adams also issued a warning to the eight U.S. governors who have not yet ordered a statewide directive urging their residents to stay at home.
Meanwhile, some U.S. states and cities have reported that masks, gloves, ventilators and other essential equipment from the federal stockpile are unusable.
Nearly 6-thousand masks sent to Alabama reportedly had dry rot with a 2010 expiration date, while Oregon reported masks with faulty elastic causing the straps to snap, exposing medical workers to the virus.
More than 150 ventilators sent to LA were also said to be broken and had to be repaired.
Last month the CDC acknowledged some items in the federal stockpile had exceeded their shelf life, but were being sent to hospitals "due to the potential urgent demand".
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.