Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses latest with COVID-19's effect on New York (LIVE) | USA TODAY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses latest with COVID-19's effect on New York (LIVE) | USA TODAY

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic.

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The U.S. coronavirus death toll neared 13,000 early Wednesday — less than 48 hours after cresting 10,000 — as the U.S. saw its deadliest day since the outbreak first appeared here almost three months ago.

Meanwhile, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams retreated from an earlier prediction and said he expected U.S. deaths would be less than the projections of 100,000 to 240,000 issued by the White House task force a week ago.

“That is absolutely my expectation, and I feel a lot more optimistic because I’m seeing mitigation work,” said Adams, who on Sunday warned that this week would be the outbreak’s “Pearl Harbor moment.” He lauded public health officials in California and Washington state, where the curve has flattened on confirmed cases.

The U.S. approached 400,000 confirmed cases Wednesday morning, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Worldwide, there are 1.4 million confirmed cases and more than 83,000 deaths.

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