US President Trump has not taken the coronavirus pandemic seriously for a long time. Then he hopes the number of deaths related to Covid-19 will stay below the 100,000 mark. This hope was now suddenly destroyed.
Since the start of the corona pandemic, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the United States after being infected with the virus. That came from data from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. According to the New York Times count, at least 100,046 people died related to Covid-19.
The number of confirmed infections since the pandemic started in the United States was around 1.7 million, according to the university. According to this, more than 5.6 million cases have been registered worldwide – with more than 350,000 deaths. The number of 90,000 deaths in the United States had only been exceeded on Monday last week.
Just a few weeks ago, the IHME institute at the University of Washington in Seattle assumed that the number of victims in the United States would stabilize at around 90,000 in midsummer. The IHME scientists are now assuming that the number of deaths in the United States could rise to around 132,000 by early August. The IHME model is constantly updated – also because the US states are now loosening up containment measures.
Trump and the forecasts
The White House has used the IHME model several times for its own forecasts. Trump himself said earlier in the month that he hoped the death toll in the United States would remain below 100,000. In mid-April, Trump said his government was expecting 60,000 to 65,000 deaths from the coronavirus epidemic in the United States.
Scientists from Imperial College in London, whose predictions Trump repeatedly cited during the crisis, warned last Thursday that the virus is not yet under control in most US states. If the mobility of people in the United States increases again without further control measures, the epidemic can be expected to flare up again significantly. It is estimated that the death toll could more than double within two months.