US surpasses 60,000 deaths due to coronavirus

Source: The Hill | April 29, 2020 | Morgan Chalfant

The United States has now surpassed 60,000 domestic deaths from the novel coronavirus, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. accounts for roughly a quarter of the global deaths related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins data citing reported figures.

More than 1 million Americans have tested positive for the virus since the first U.S. case was confirmed on Jan. 21.

President Trump and members of the White House coronavirus task force at times expressed optimism that the country could keep the death count around 60,000, citing a model used by the White House that has since increased its projected domestic deaths due to COVID-19.

Trump earlier this week said the nation was “probably heading to 60,000, 70,000” deaths. The University of Washington model used by the White House currently projects 72,860 domestic deaths by Aug. 4, with a range of 57,453 to 121,468, after adjusting its projections earlier this week.

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