During a Fox News virtual town hall meeting Sunday, President Donald Trump predicted that the United States coronavirus death toll could hit 100,000 people — up from the 60,000 deaths he predicted a few weeks ago.
MONDAY, May 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. coronavirus death toll could reach 100,000, President Donald Trump predicted Sunday night.
That number is far higher than the 60,000 lives lost that was predicted just a few weeks ago, but Trump continued to push states to reopen their economies.
In a virtual town hall meeting on Fox News, Trump acknowledged that COVID-19 has proved more deadly than expected, but added that parks and beaches should begin reopening and schools should resume classes in the fall.
"We're going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people," he said. "That's a horrible thing. We shouldn't lose one person over this."
Even as the death toll predictions rose, a new analysis finds inadequate levels of testing for the coronavirus in 60% of states, many of which are reopening after weeks of lockdown.