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CDC Director Expects 100,000 Virus Deaths in US by June

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield said the statistical models tracked by the agency show the COVID-19 death toll in the United States is poised to pass the 100,000 mark within weeks.

“CDC tracks 12 different forecasting models of possible COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.,” Redfield said in a tweet Friday. “As of May 11, all forecast an increase in deaths in the coming weeks and a cumulative total exceeding 100,000 by June 1.”

So far, the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, the novel coronavirus that emerged from Wuhan, China, late last year and became a global pandemic, has killed over 87,500 Americans, a Johns Hopkins tally shows.

Redfield shared a link to the CDCs most recent COVID-19 death forecast, which predicts that, on May 30, the cumulative death toll will hit 105,605.

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Epoch Times Photo Forecasts showing cumulative reported COVID-19 deaths since February and forecasted deaths for the next four weeks in the United States. (CDC)

The CDC estimates feature several caveats. One is that predictions differ based on assumptions about how diligent people are in observing social distancing guidelines. Another is that states with low numbers of deaths reported to date are unlikely to see a rapid rise in the coming weeks, while those with high numbers of deaths reported so far “are likely to see substantial increases.”

The predictions include a state-by-state breakdown (pdf). An ensemble estimate, which compiles individual predictions into one, anticipates that the number of cumulative deaths in New York, the nations COVID-19 hotspot, will exceed 30,000 by the end of the month.

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