An internal document by the federal government reportedly predicts the novel coronavirus death toll in the U.S. could hit 182,000 by the end of August.
The number — found in an internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report obtained by Yahoo News — marks a huge surge from an estimate by the University of Washington at the end of last month, which didn’t place the U.S. at more than 180,000 deaths until October.
The new estimate follows the U.S. surpassing 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, and was prepared by the CDC for senior government officials in a brief distributed on Thursday. It has not been released publicly.
It would contradict optimistic messages from the Trump administration. President Trump has acknowledged the worsening outbreaks of the virus across the U.S. in recent days and made headlines last week for publicly wearing a face mask. But he also suggested as recently as July 21 that the virus will eventually “disappear.”
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