REOPENINGS PLANNED AS 100K DEATHS EXPECTED
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.