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The makeshift morgues outside of a Brooklyn hospital are beginning to fill up with people who have died with COVID-19.
Upsetting photographs show bright orange body bags lined up in hallways and holding areas.
The images also show healthcare workers in head to toe in protective gear wheeling the bodies into the refrigerated trucksoutside the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center that are being used to store those who lost their lives.
It comes as US surgeon general Jerome Adams, who is the public health spokesperson for the federal government, shared his stark view on the unfolding health crisis.
He told CNN: “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localised.
“It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.”
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In the state of New York, the current epicentre of the pandemic in America, more than 4,100 have died – accounting for almost half of the country’s fatalities.
However, the number of people dying in New York dropped slightly over a 24-hour period.
The figures were greeted with caution, as New York state governor Andrew Cuomo warned it was “too early to tell” if the drop would continue.
Despite the stark warnings, President Donald Trump said: “We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Speaking during a Sunday evening White House briefing, Mr Trump added: “I think we all know that we have to reach a certain point – and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death – but it’s also a point at which things are going to start changing.
“We’re getting very close to that level right now.”
Mr Trump continued to offer words of comfort to those grieving, saying: “With the faith of our families and the spirit of our people and the grace of our God we will endure.”
Across the United States, more than 9,600 have lost their lives and 337,000 have been confirmed as infected with the virus.