Trump says US will have “significantly fewer” 100,000 coronavirus deaths, lower than original estimates

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President Donald Trump said Friday the expected number of coronavirus deaths would be “significantly lower” than initial estimates that 100,000 people in the United States could die from COVID-19

“The minimum number was 100,000 lives and I think we will be significantly below that number,” said Trump during a press conference at the White House. “Hard to believe that if you had 60,000 you could never be happy, but it is much less than we originally thought and thought. “

Trump said early estimates indicate that the U.S. could have 100,000 to 220,000 deaths from the coronavirus and up to 2.2 million if the U.S. takes no action to control the pandemic. He said states like New York have recently reported declining hospital admissions and the number of new cases nationwide is flattening, “suggesting that we are near the top.” He added that hard-hit cities like Detroit and New Orleans appear to be stabilizing.

“We will see what it ends up being, but it looks like we are headed for a number well below the 100,000 that would be the lowest, and I hope that is confirmed,” said Trump.

Trump said the U.S. is getting to the point where people can start considering elective surgeries or non-essential operations.

The coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, said that many improvements have been made in the New York area, which for some time accounted for more than half of the cases in the United States. United. Chicago, but their rate of increase in cases also appears to be stabilizing.

“What we are seeing is that we are united in social distancing and it should be encouraging for all of us and it should be encouraging for the health care providers who are on the front lines,” said Birx. “These are really encouraging signs that we are seeing, but as encouraging as they are, we have not reached the top. “

White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci added that it is important to remember that now is not the time to remove restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus. He also said that if governments started to remove the restrictions too soon, there was a chance the virus would re-emerge and infect more people.

We talked about New York, New Jersey, New Orleans and other regions where they have very large peaks, but there are other parts of the country, in the center of the country, where they want to go. ensure they don’t get these spikes, “said Fauci.

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