America braces itself for a grim death toll, how the poorest Americans will be hardest hit - and how will crisis affect Trump?

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America braces itself for a grim death toll, how the poorest Americans will be hardest hit - and how will crisis affect Trump?

Wednesday, 1 April

In today's episode we focus on what's happening in the U.S. On Tuesday night, Donald Trump told the nation that the next two weeks are going to be "very, very painful". The White House projects between 100,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in the US even if social distancing guidelines are maintained. It was a change of tone from the president, who up until recently was hoping that businesses would be able to re-open in time for Easter, just over a week from now.

U.S. states are competing against each other to get vital ventilators for their own hospitals, and America's healthcare system means that those who lose their job will also lose their healthcare - a double blow for some of the country's poorest.

Mary Nightingale talks to ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore for his analysis of the situation in America. Robert is presenting an edition of ITV's Tonight programme on the outbreak in America - you can watch that at 7.30 on Thursday 3 April on ITV, or on catchup at itv.com (UK users only).

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