U.S. on pace to pass 100,000 Covid-19 deaths by June 1, CDC director says

“As of May 11, all [12 models] forecast an increase in deaths in the coming weeks and a cumulative total exceeding 100,000 by June 1,” he tweeted.

The CDC notes that the models are based on varying assumptions about how Americans are following social distancing guidelines and other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

The coronavirus has already infected more than 1.4 million Americans, and killed more than 84,700, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University.

President Donald Trump in late March shared White House projections that the death toll could hit between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, although he spun the forecast as a success, in contrast to an earlier model that predicted more than 2 million deaths if no effort was made to contain the disease.

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