MORE than 4,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US, according to the latest grim numbers.
Nearly 190,000 in the country have tested positive for the virus which has been sweeping across the globe.
Experts had previously said that 200,000 Americans could die during the pandemic.
The death toll of 4,076 is more than twice the 2,010 recorded late Saturday.
And 800 deaths were recorded in just one day.
More than 40 percent of recorded deaths nationally were in New York state, the Johns Hopkins data shows.
New York has been the epicenter of the disease in the U.S., with both de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo calling on President Trump for support.
The apex of cases in New York is still not expected to be reached for another 14 to 30 days, depending on the Mosel.
'TOUGH DAYS AHEAD'
It comes after the White House coronavirus task force warned worse was yet to come.
The US mortality rate is expected to increase within the next two weeks, with health experts predicting 2,214 deaths by April 15.
President Donald Trump told Americans to "be prepared for the tough days that lie ahead".
"We're gonna go through a very tough two weeks," he said.
"As a nation we face a difficult few weeks as we approach that really important day where we're gonna see things get better all of a sudden."
Trump praised the efforts of medical professionals and other essential workers fighting the epidemic on the frontlines, saying they're "like military people going into battle, going into war."
But celebs are trying to keep up spirits as people are urged to stay at home to control the spread.
Dolly Parton shared a video urging her fans to "keep the faith".
And shirtless Jack Black shared a hilarious clip of him dancing in cowboy boots.
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