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THE number of COVID-19 cases in the US crossed 700,000, while over 35,000 people have died from the disease, as president Donald Trump assured his people that America was “very close” to seeing the light “shinning brightly” at the end of the tunnel.

New York, the financial capital of the world, has emerged as the epicentre of the pandemic. More than 14,000 people have died in the city and over 200,000 lakh people have tested positive so far.

Neighbouring New Jersey has more than 78,000 cases and 3,800 deaths.

President Trump has said that the US had conducted more than 3.78 million coronavirus tests so far, by far the most in any country.

“It’s not even close. In the hardest-hit areas such as New York and Louisiana we have also tested more people per capita than South Korea, Singapore, and every other country,” Trump said.

“The US has the most robust, advanced and accurate testing system anywhere in the world.”

Against initial estimated death of between 100,000 to 200,000, Trump hoped that the death toll could be far less and around 65,000.

“It’s a horrible thing that happened to our country. This is a horrible thing that happened to 184 countries all over the world. It was a horrible thing and there was no reason for it. That should never, ever happen again,” Trump said.

The last few months have been among the most challenging times in the history of the nation, Trump said.

“This invisible enemy is tough and it’s smart and it’s a vicious that every day we are getting closer to the future that we all have been waiting for,” he said.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Over 35,000 people have died in the US and the country has 701,131 infections, the highest in the world.

US vice president Mike Pence said on Friday that despite the tragic loss of more than 36,000 Americans, the latest data show that the new cases are slow and steady on the West Coast.