Coronavirus (COVID-19) Death Toll Rising In U.S.

Monday, May 4th 2020, 8:30 am
By: Rachel Roberts

The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases has passed 1.1 million in the U.S., with more than 65,000 deaths.

In a televised virtual town hall, President Trump said he thinks a vaccine could be available by the end of the year.

President Trump said the projected death toll from the Coronavirus pandemic is rising-- and could reach 80 or 90-thousand.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the death toll is going up because mitigation hasn't worked as well as hoped.

Meanwhile, White House Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx scolded protestors who have been pressuring states to reopen.

President Trump has left reopening up to the governors, but some say acting too quickly could be deadly.

 "You go back to your old behavior, that number goes right back up,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"Sadly, we had far more people die yesterday in Maryland than we had protesters,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

Governors have asked for about $500 billion in aid from Washington to cushion the financial fallout.