Fauci predicts ‘100,000 to 200,000 US deaths’ from coronavirus but Pence says Trump may still lift lockdowns – The Sun
THE nation's top infectious disease expert believes nearly 200,000 Americans might die from the coronavirus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Sunday morning that millions of deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 are unlikely, and that most likely deaths will fall between 100,000 and 200,000.
"Looking at what we're seeing now, I would say between 100 and 200,000 deaths, but I don't want to be held to that."
He continued: "I just don't think that we really need to make a projection when it's such a moving target."
"We're going to have millions of cases," Fauci said.
As of Sunday, at least 2,191 deaths were reported across the country, with at least 124,686 cases.
Despite the growing coronavirus numbers, President Donald Trump said he wants lockdowns lifted by April 12, in two weeks, in an effort to get the country back up and running again.
Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the Coronavirus Task Force, said on Saturday he's going to give Trump a recommendation about whether or not to make that decision in the coming weeks.
Pence told Fox News: "We’ll continue to make the recommendations and surge the resources to bring a full American response."
"We're going to protect our vulnerable Americans but in the midst of doing all of that, as the president said, his desire is to put America back to work, to open our country up as soon as we can responsibly do that and the team this week has been bringing those recommendations to him."
Days ago, the head of the World Health Organization warned in a video message to G20 leaders that "millions could die" if the world's tops powers don't take "aggressive action in all countries."
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “only time will tell” what the full economic, political and social fallout will be.
“But we know that the price we end up paying depends on the choices we make now,” Tedros said.
“This is a global crisis that demands a global response.”
“The actions we take now will have consequences for decades to come,” he said. “We are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart — if we let it.”
The U.S.'s death toll topped 1,000 on Wednesday on the same day the Senate passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to help Americans amid the coronavirus crisis.
The number has continued to grow in the days since in both the U.S. and around the world.
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