President Donald Trump dramatically raised his predictions for the eventual price from the coronavirus pandemic within the us , saying up to 100,000 people could die from the disease.
That figure may be a sharp uptick from the president’s comments just last month when he said he believed around 60,000 people would die from the virus. Despite the shift, Trump said his response to the outbreak within the us — where quite 1.1 million people are infected — had been “successful” and said without his intervention quite 1,000,000 people could have died.
“We’re getting to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people,” Trump said during a government building event with Fox News on Sunday. “That’s a horrible thing. We shouldn’t lose one person over this.”
The president did acknowledge that he had previously predicted a lower number, saying the estimates had “gone up.”
“I wont to say 65,000 and now I’m saying 80 or 90, and it goes up and it goes up rapidly,’ Trump said. “But it’s still getting to be, regardless of how you check out it, at the very lower end of the plane.”
He continued: “In terms of death … we’re at the lower level, rock bottom level predicted. and that we won’t even hit that. it’d be lower. And … sadly that’s all we will do.”
Trump touted his own work to shutter travel from China within the youth of the outbreak but rejected assertions he had acted too slowly and had been informed by intelligence officials weeks before he first took action.
“If we didn’t roll in the hay , the minimum we might have lost was 1,000,000 two, 1,000,000 four, 1,000,000 five, that’s the minimum. we might have lost probably higher, it’s possible above 2.2,” Trump said. “That’s one among the explanations we’re successful, if you call losing 80 or 90,000 people successful.”
More than 67,000 people have died within the us from the coronavirus thus far and cases still spread throughout the country. But the White House has been pushing for a few states to start to reopen their economies.
Trump’s own medical advisors have cautioned the country against returning to normal timely . Dr. Deborah Birx, a politician on the White House coronavirus task force, said Sunday the administration had always been warning the price could exceed 100,000 as cases began to spread rapidly throughout the country.
“Our projections have always been between 100-240,000 American lives lost and that’s with full mitigation and us learning from one another of the way to social distance,” she told “Fox News Sunday.”