About 800 people already dead from coronavirus in U.S. today as presidential task force projects between 100,000 and 240,000 could die

At least 780 people have already died from the novel coronavirus in the United States today, Tuesday, according to the latest tally. Of that number, more than 300 people have died in New York State alone. In New York City, about a thousand people have already died from the deadly bug.

As of 6 p.m., Eastern Time, more than 3800 people had died in the United States from the coronavirus overall, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

At a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the next two weeks in the U.S. will be “very painful”. The President said he wants “every American to be prepared for the days that lie ahead”.

White House model
White House model for coronavirus deaths.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said at the briefing estimates showed between 1 million to 2 million in the U.S. could die from the virus if the current mitigation efforts, including social distancing are not maintained.

But with social distancing, between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths could be recorded, Birx said.

“As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Is it going to be that much? I hope not, and I think the more we push on the mitigation, the less likelihood it will be that number.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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