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“We’re going to have not just a tough week ahead but a tough several weeks ahead,” Murphy told CNN. “Whether it’s ventilators, personal protective equipment, beds, health care workers, those will all be constraints.”
NJ.com reported that New Jersey suffered 917 coronavirus deaths and over 37,000 cases. The paper reported that there were additional 3,482 cases in the last 24 hours. Murphy pointed out that the state lost more residents to the coronavirus than it did in the 9/11 attacks.
"Just as we have committed to never forgetting those we lost on 9/11, we will commit to never forget those we lost to this pandemic,” he said.
The number of people infected in the U.S. has exceeded 300,000, with the death toll climbing past 9,000. Nearly 4,200 of those deaths are in the state of New York.
Murphy’s warning came hours before U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told Fox News that he believes the country may see its peak this week. He said that despite the grim prediction, there have been glimmers of hope. States like New York and California have seen death drop recently.
“I know it’s going to be a bad week, a bad seven to 10 days, but I’m optimistic that if we keep doing what we’re supposed to do, we can reopen parts of this country sooner than June 1 or the end of May,” he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the toll in the coming week is "going to be shocking to some, but that's what is going to happen before it turns around, so just buckle down."
The Associated Press contributed to this report