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US News: Second US coronavirus wave 'could be even worse'

4-5 minutes - Source: BBC Image copyright EPA Image caption CDC Director Robert Redfield warned that a second wave of coronavirus could overwhelm the US health system A second wave of coronavirus cases in the US could be even worse than the first, the country's top health official has warned. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield said the danger was higher as a fresh outbreak would likely coincide with the flu season. It would put "unimaginable strain" on the US health care system, he said. The US has seen more than 800,000 cases - the highest in the world. More than 45,000 people have so far died with corona

US News: Immigration to US to be halted due to virus - Trump

6-7 minutes - Source: BBC Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has the highest number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the world President Donald Trump has said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US because of the coronavirus. On Twitter, he cited "the attack from the invisible enemy", as he calls the virus, and the need to protect the jobs of Americans, but did not give details. It was not clear what programmes might be affected and whether the president would be able to carry out the order. Critics say the government is using the pandemic to crack down on immigration. Mr Trump's announcement l

News | US Coronavirus: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

5-6 minute - Source: BBC Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRestrictions brought in to try to stop the spread of Covid-19 prompt demonstrations Protesters have taken to the streets in states across the US, demanding that governors reopen economies shut by the coronavirus pandemic. Rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Washington state took place on Sunday, following earlier protests in half a dozen states. Agitation for easing restrictions has grown, despite the risk of a Covid-19 resurgence posed by reopening too soon. US President Donald Trump has signalled support for the protests. The US has become the centre of the Covid-19 crisis, with over 735,000 cases and some 40,000 deaths - but signs have emerged that it is reaching the apex of the outbreak and that infection rates are slowing in some states. In Washington state, an early US virus hotspot, hundreds of p

US News | Coronavirus: US records highest Covid-19 deaths in single day

5-7 minutes - Source: BBC Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US has the highest number of recorded coronavirus cases in the world The US recorded the most coronavirus deaths in a single day with more than 1,800 fatalities reported on Tuesday. It brings the total number of deaths in the country to nearly 13,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US has more than 398,000 confirmed cases, the highest number in the world. Global cases have exceeded 1.4 million. However during a press conference President Donald Trump said the US might be getting to the top of the "curve". Meanwhile the city of Wuhan in China, where the i

US News: Trump extends US virus guidelines to end of April

6-8 minutos - Source: BBC Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won" President Donald Trump has said federal coronavirus guidelines such as social distancing will be extended across the US until at least 30 April. He had previously suggested that they could be relaxed as early as Easter , which falls in mid-April. "The highest point of the death rate is likely to hit in two weeks," Mr Trump said. He appeared to be referring to peak infection rates that experts fear could overwhelm hospitals. White House medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci had earlier warned that the virus could kill up to 200,000 Americans . Dr Fauci said that it was "entirely conceivable" that millions of Americans could eventually be infected. The US now has more than 140,000 confirmed cases. As of Sunday evening,