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Coronavirus: Trump estimates US death toll between 50-60,000

Experts at the White House believe that the United States coronavirus death toll will exceed 50,000 by the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Trump estimates US death toll between 50-60,000

Over the past week, the number of deaths in the United states caused by the coronavirus pandemic has risen from around 30,000 to 42,514 as of April 21. New York City remains the epicenter of the outbreak with a total of 139,385 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 10,657 deaths as of the same date. 

Even though the US has become the focal point of the pandemic in the world due to the high number of cases and victims, Donald Trump appears optimistic about stopping the spread of the ‘silent killer.’

During Monday’s daily briefing, Trump and White House experts calculated that there will be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths in the US by the end of the outbreak, “Right now we are heading to 50 thousand and according to the projections we will end up with 60 thousand by the end of the pandemic,” the US president said. 

These projections differ from those given by White House Coronavirus Task Force chief Dr. Anthony Fauci a few weeks ago, when he estimated that in the worst scenario the United States could register 100,000 Covid-19 deaths.

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Trump: "It could have been worse" 

Trump also claimed that the decisions he took alongside White House health experts had prevented millions of Americans from losing their lives: “If we hadn't established a quarantine period in mid-March and extended it in some states then many more people would’ve died from the coronavirus."