The United States president said Tuesday that the coming two to three weeks would be "very, very painful" for the country and that the novel coronavirus is estimated to claim at least 100,000 lives.

Donald Trump said confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US have now reached 188,000 after 24,000 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Deaths so far stand at 3,882 - with 740 reported in the last 24 hours - only surpassed by Italy and Spain, although the number could also go as high as 240,000. EFE-EPA