RE­OPEN­INGS PLANNED AS 100K DEATHS EX­PECTED

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s push to get states to re­open their economies clouds ef­forts to pre­dict the toll of the new coron­avirus and increases un­cer­tainty about how much the U.S. will suf­fer from the disease.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Sun­day said he ex­pects as many as 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, a higher es­ti­mate that comes af­ter more than 60,000 Amer­i­cans have died. FEMA is mean­while pre­par­ing for an­other wave of dead, look­ing to place mo­bile morgues across the na­tion.

Ev­i­dence sug­gests that af­ter weeks of so­cial dis­tanc­ing, the U.S. has been suc­cess­ful in flat­ten­ing the curve, ex­perts said, with deaths sta­bi­liz­ing at about 2,000 a day. But be­cause of the time it takes to test and for se­vere cases to de­velop, out­comes in states that are ag­gres­sively re­open­ing may not be seen for weeks, said Brian Cas­trucci, of the de Beau­mont Foun­da­tion.

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