Coronavirus Task Force response coordinator Deborah Birx said during a Coronavirus Task Force Briefing that the White House projects 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will die from coronavirus if “full mitigation” measures are taken. Without social distancing, deaths could be much higher, the White House projects.
On Tuesday, President Trump said the next two weeks, Mr. Trump said Tuesday, will be a “very, very painful” period. “:This could be a hell of a bad two weeks. This is gonna be a very bad two — or maybe even three — weeks,” the president said. “This is going to be three weeks like we haven’t seen before.”
But those deaths could have been as high as 2.2 million, if the U.S. did nothing, Mr. Trump said. More than 186,265 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States as of Tuesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University. “It is ravaging, it is horrible,” Mr. Trump said of the pandemic.
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