On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that the deadly COVID-19 pandemic has hit the United States harder than Pearl Harbor in World War II or the devastating 9/11 attacks.
While talking to reporters at the White House he said, “This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center. And it should have never happened."
He was referring to two significant attacks in US history.
The surprise Japanese attack in 1941 on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii led the United States into World War II.
9/11 was a series of four coordinated attacks by the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda against the United States which resulted in about 3,000 fatalities. Two airplanes crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, triggering two decades of US wars and anti-terrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries.
The highly infectious coronavirus which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December has so far infected more than 3.5 people worldwide.
The US on Wednesday reported 2,073 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 73,095, according to the latest real-time tally by the Johns Hopkins University. The country is the worst hit by the pandemic with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
The US has now confirmed a total of 1,227,430 cases, the Baltimore-based school reported.
The novel virus has brought the global economy into a standstill with many counties ordering complete or partial lockdowns in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.