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Coronavirus: US death toll passes 4,100, White house predicts up to 240,000 fatalities

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

01st Apr, 2020. 08:30 pm
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Coronavirus: US death toll passes 4,100, White house predicts up to 240,000 fatalities

United States official death toll from the coronavirus disease has passed 4100.

US reported 865 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 41oo. The number of confirmed active cases also rose by 178,512.

The Trump’s administration has projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United State from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

White House during the briefing on Tuesday  presented the projections and suggested that if no social distancing measures had been put in place across the country between 1.5 million to 2.2 million people would have died.

According to the international news agency, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus taskforce response coordinator, said that models show a worst-case scenario of between 1.5m and 2.2m deaths in the US “without mitigation”.

She added, the “mountain” could be reduced to a “hill” that projects 100,000–240,000 deaths – still a staggering total. She stressed that the number could be lower if people changed their behavior.

She displayed a chart in which New York had by far the most cumulative cases, followed by New Jersey, then the other 48 states bunched together. Birx expressed hope that social distancing could prevent major outbreaks in those states.

She said that Early mitigation slowing the spread of disease in California and Washington state “gives us great hope” “It’s communities that will do this. There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behavior.”

Donald Trump has also threatened America to be ready for “very, very painful two weeks” as the White House said coronavirus pandemic can take 100,000 to 240,000 lives even if current rules about social distancing are maintained.

The US President Donald Trump spoke during a marathon two-hour briefing. He defended his early handling of the issues and showed models.

He said, “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks. This is going to be a very painful, very, very painful two weeks.”

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