Even as more than two dozen American states prepare to open up their economies, an internal draft report has warned that the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country will surge to over 3,000 and new cases to about 200,000 per day by June 1.
Currently, the United States is the worst-hit country from the pandemic with the highest number of total COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, more than 1.2 million citizens tested positive for the novel virus, and the total number of deaths crossed 69,000.
The US economy has come to a standstill as a result of the highly contagious virus and over 30 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits.
On Monday, multiple media reports surfaced that carried with it grim news for the future-- they quoted the draft report that said the country will have 200,000 confirmed cases per day accompanied with 3,000 daily deaths by June 1.
“The numbers underscore a sobering reality: while the United States has been hunkered down for the past seven weeks, not much has changed. And the reopening to the economy will make matters worse,” The New York Times reported.
“There remains a large number of counties whose burden continues to grow,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned according to the daily.
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the projection was prepared by Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“I had no role in the process by which that was presented and shown. This data was presented as an FYI to CDC … it was not in any way intended to be a forecast,” Lessler told The Washington Post.