Trump administration secretly projecting coronavirus deaths to double by June as he plows forward with campaign to reopen

Trump administration secretly projecting coronavirus deaths to double by June as he plows forward with campaign to reopen
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

The Trump administration is plowing forward with its campaign to reopen the country despite just revealed secret, private projections that show coronavirus deaths will “nearly double” to about 3000 per day by June, and new cases will skyrocket.


“As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of cases and deaths from coronavirus over the next several weeks, reaching about 3,000 daily deaths on June 1,” The New York Times reports. The Times has obtained an internal document showing deaths will “nearly double from the current level of about 1,750.”

The Trump administration is plowing forward with its campaign to reopen the country despite just revealed secret, private projections that show coronavirus deaths will “nearly double” to about 3000 per day by June, and new cases will skyrocket.

“As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of cases and deaths from coronavirus over the next several weeks, reaching about 3,000 daily deaths on June 1,” The New York Times reports. The Times has obtained an internal document showing deaths will “nearly double from the current level of about 1,750.”

The administration is projecting a huge increase in new cases, a nearly ten-fold increase, to 200,000 additional confirmed coronavirus infections each day, up from an average of about 25,000 new cases daily.

Stay at home plans were designed to slow the spread of the virus, but the administration has squandered the time by not developing a nationwide testing program to identify, quarantine, or contact-trace new infections.

As the country re-opens, many more people will get sick, and many of them will die.

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