As the United States tops the list of the coronavirus affected nations worldwide, the number of virus cases across the country exceeded 1,204,500 on Wednesday. At least 71,080 people succumbed to the fatal virus, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
President Donald Trump stated “there’ll be more death” related to the coronavirus pandemic as a growing number of states move to slowly relax their stay-at-home mandates in the coming months.
Trump, who has come under consistent scrutiny for his own slow response to the virus domestically, has repeatedly accused China of covering up the coronavirus outbreak and claimed there is significant evidence that the virus emanated from a Wuhan lab — though has not actually provided any evidence.
The new forecast from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on Monday reflect “rising mobility in most US states” with an easing of business closures and stay-at-home orders expected in 31 states by mid-May, according to the institute.
The IHME projections are presented as a statistical range of outcomes. The latest forecast predicts the cumulative number of US deaths from the coronavirus will run from as few as 95,092 to as many as 242,890 by August – with 134,475 lives lost representing the most likely, middle ground.