Trump says up to 1,00,000 Americans can die from coronavirus
WASHINGTON: President of the United States Donald trump He said Sunday that he now believes as many as 100,000 Americans could die in the pandemic, after the death toll exceeded his previous estimates, but said he was confident that a vaccine would be developed by the end of the year.
Trump alternated during a two-hour broadcast on the virtual town hall broadcast by FOX News between anticipating a rapid recovery in the U.S. economy and blaming the spread of the pandemic in China, where the disease is believed to have originated.
Covid-19 disease, caused by the new coronavirus, has sickened more than 1.1 million in the United States and killed more than 67,000 Americans, closed broad sectors of society, including most schools and many businesses.
We are going to lose between 75, 80 and 100,000 people. That's a horrible thing, said Trump, who recently said Friday that he expected fewer than 100,000 Americans to die and earlier in the week had spoken of 60,000 to 70,000 deaths.
About half of the states have now moved toward at least a partial lift of the closings as the number of new cases of the COVID-19 disease has begun to decrease or level off and as citizens seek relief from the restrictions that have put the economy into a tailspin.
We cannot remain closed as a country (or) we will not have a country, Trump said.
Trump recently criticized FOX, considering that the conservative trend network is insufficiently supportive. He faced few difficult questions at the event, giving him a new format for reaching the public while unable to hold campaign rallies and after he faced widespread criticism for his combative daily briefings.
In an assessment that clashes with that of some public health experts, Trump said he believed there would be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year.
I think we will have a vaccine by the end of the year. Doctors would say, well, you shouldn't say that, Trump said. I will say what I think ... I think we will have a vaccine sooner rather than later.
Many health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, have warned that a vaccine is likely to be in a year or 18 months.
There is an incredibly small chance of having a highly effective coronavirus vaccine or treatment within the next year, England medical director Chris Whitty said April 22.
Trump also said he wanted students to return to schools and universities in the fall, even when he acknowledged the possibility of a resurgence of the disease.
We will put out the embers, we will put out whatever. We may have to put out a fire, he said.
Speaking the day before the Senate returns, Trump said it was possible that federal aid to the coronavirus could rise to $ 6 trillion from the nearly $ 3 trillion that Congress has already approved to try to ease the heavy economic burden of the crisis.
More help is coming. There has to be, he said.
Democrats have made it clear they want to provide a sizeable bailout package for state and local governments as part of a larger bill, one that could total more than $ 2 trillion, while some Republicans criticized the idea as unreasonably expensive. .
We will build infrastructure and I told Steve (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin) that today we will do nothing unless we get a payroll tax cut, Trump said.
Trump, who has been criticized for failing to move faster earlier this year to stop the spread of the disease, tried to mitigate the criticism by blaming China.
Trump said China had made a horrible mistake without saying exactly what this was or providing specific evidence for its claim.
Early in the day, secretary of state Mike Pompeo He said there was a significant amount of evidence that Covid-19 emerged from a Chinese laboratory, but he did not question the conclusion by US intelligence agencies that it was not man-made.