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A difficult week ahead in the coronavirus fight begins with a US death toll nearing 10,000

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(CNN)The US is preparing to enter its most critical week yet in the fight against coronavirus as the death toll nears 10,000. And the pandemic is not yet under control, a top US health official said.

Despite measures to enforce social distancing and supply medical workers with the resources necessary to treat patients, "we are struggling to get (the pandemic) under control," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."

The number of cases nationwide climbed to at least 337,620 on Sunday, and the death toll jumped to at least 9,643, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Officials have cautioned that the week ahead will be a grim one, bringing more cases and deaths. The US surgeon general said it will be the "hardest and the saddest" week many Americans have ever faced.

"I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel," US surgeon general Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on "Fox News Sunday."

He described the week ahead as a "Pearl Harbor moment" and a "9/11 moment."

New York reports drop in deaths

Still, the weekend brought some promising news in New York, the state reporting the most cases and deaths.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported a drop in the daily number of reported deaths in the state on Sunday for the first time in days. He also said ICU admissions and daily intubations were down and the hospital discharge rate was "way up."

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