White House task force projects 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in US due to COVID-19

The United States has become the epicenter of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic as the World’s Super Power has now been witnessing an exponential growth both in the number of patients and deaths.


With nearly 189,000 Coronavirus Cases and over 4,000, the US is now by far the worst affected Country by the virus.

Though Italy and Spain are yet ahead of the US in terms of fatalities with 12,428 and 9,053 deaths as of now but as the United States recorded 865 Coronavirus deaths in the previous 24 hours, it’s likely to surpass both the European Countries.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, that a day ago, the White House Coronavirus Task Force presented a grim picture of where the US could be heading over the next couple of months, even with interventions like physical distancing. The task force projects 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from the virus, even with mitigation efforts.

The daily newspaper wrote that the death toll in the US grew by more than 800 on Tuesday, surpassing 3,700.

It’s worth noting that Confirmed Coronavirus Cases worldwide are more than 884,000.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Deborah Birx and Anthony S. Fauci, the leaders of the White House task force, emphasized that although the projection of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths were likely, they were hopeful that they could prevent such a high number by adhering to strict mitigation protocols.
  • Memos between the White House and the CDC show federal officials are debating whether to recommend that face coverings be routinely worn in public because of increasing evidence that people who are asymptomatic can spread the virus.
  • Louisiana reported by far its largest number of new confirmed cases in a 24-hour period Tuesday afternoon, with infections and deaths each jumping about 30 percent. Total known infections in the state hit 5,237 and deaths were up to 239 on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Three senior Senate Democrats asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to honor the terms of the coronavirus law enacted last week, expressing alarm that President Trump took a step to curb the program’s oversight and pressing to “without delay” nominate a new inspector general to oversee and probe the funding.
  • A new report by the CDC shows people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk if they contract the virus including people with heart and lung disease, diabetes and even current or former smokers.
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