Donald Trump feared more than 100,000 deaths

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A few days ago, the US President wanted to return to normal from Easter. He has now extended the measures to combat the coronavirus until April 30.
US President Donald Trump has changed his view of the coronavirus pandemic. During a press conference, he prepared the Americans for up to 200,000 deaths. If we can limit the death toll to 100,000 through containment measures, “then we all did a good job together,” he said in the White House. Trump also announced that the measures to contain the crisis would be extended until April 30. Actually, the adopted guidelines should only apply until the end of March.

Trump justified the extension of the protective measures with a study by the Imperial College in London, which had already been published on March 16. The analysis estimated 2.2 million deaths in the United States if no measures were taken to contain the virus. The situation in the state of New York, which has become the epicentre of the pandemic in the United States, is particularly worrying.

Nearby specialists had more than once cautioned that the limits of the medical clinics there were not by any means prepared to contaminate enormous areas of the populace. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio painted a dramatic picture of the situation in the metropolis on Sunday. “Here in New York it feels like it was in wartime,” he said. But Chicago and New Orleans are also increasingly affected.

A few days ago, Trump had said that he wanted to see the United States largely back in normal operation by Easter Sunday – in two weeks. Ten days ago, he had downplayed the situation and ignored facts and science. Now he said, “Nothing would be worse than proclaiming victory before victory is won. That would be the greatest loss of everything.”

Deborah Birx, a doctor at the White House Coronavirus Working Group, said current predictions also included containment measures ranging from 80,000 to 160,000 deaths in the United States, potentially more than 200,000. “This model fully assumes that we will continue to do exactly what we do.” She added, “We hope these models are not quite right. That we can do better than these predictions are.”

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