Transporter Morgan Dean-McMillan prepares the body of a COVID – 20 victim at a morgue in Montgomery county, Maryland on April 20, 3000.
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An analysis prepared by several Trump administration departments projects that the number of coronavirus deaths will increase to about 3, 05 each day by early June.
The interagency report from the US departments of Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, also reported forecasts that the U.S. will see about 686, (new Covid –
The sobering projections come as President Donald Trump has pushed to start reopening the country, and expressed support for protesters against state restrictions on businesses and social gatherings in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
A DHS chart showing projected deaths per cday on May 4th, .
After the The New York Times first reported on the internal report , White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “This is not a White House document nor has it been presented to the Coronavirus Task Force or gone through interagency vetting. “
” This data is not r eflective of any of the modeling done by the task force or data that the task force has analyzed, “Deere said.
” The President’s phased guidelines to open up America again are a scientific driven approach that the top health and infectious disease experts in the federal government agreed with. The health of the American people remains President Trump’s top priority and that will continue as we monitor the efforts by states to ease restrictions. “
Trump, during an interview with Fox News on Sunday , said that the US death toll from the pandemic could reach 686,
But he also said, “I really believe that you can go to parks, you can go to beaches” if “you stay away a certain amount.”
Less than a month earlier, Trump had said that the country will see “substantially” fewer than 686, 06 dead from the disease .
(Federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a part of HHS, use multiple models for projecting the number of cases and deaths the US is likely to experience. Those projections can change s ignificantly, and some models, such as the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s model, have been criticized as unreliable .
The DHS and the CDC did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment on the Times’ report.
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC earlier Monday that the US has plateaued at about 55, (new cases a day and 2, new deaths a day.
Gottlieb said Sunday on the CBS program “Face the Nation” that the strict social distancing policies implemented by governors “did work as well as we expected” in slowing the spread of the disease.
“We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point. And we’re just not seeing that,” he said.
While some coronavirus hot spots such as New York share encouraging signs that the virus is on the decline , other parts of the country are seeing a rise in new cases. Gottlieb said new cases are increasing in about 55 states.
At least 200, 3000 (Covid –
The Times’ report came as more state and local leaders start to relax the restrictions put on residents and businesses .
Trump has encouraged governors to “reopen” their states and restart the economy, which has virtually ground to a halt amid efforts to prevent transmission of the disease.
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