WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is downplaying a data analysis within his own administration that projects the number of coronavirus deaths could reach 3,000 daily by June 1.
Trump told reporters on Tuesday that the analysis ,based on data collected by several federal agencies, assumes no mitigation efforts would be in place to control the spread of the disease.
“But we’re doing a lot of mitigation,” he said before departing the White House for a trip to Phoenix.
The analysis projects the prospect of a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times. The projections forecast about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases now.
The White House, which has been encouraging states to begin reopening their economies, immediately challenged the report and said it had not been presented to the coronavirus task force or gone through interagency vetting.
“That report is a no mitigation report – and we are mitigating,” Trump said, adding that people are “going to be social distancing, they’re going to be washing their hands, they’re going to be doing the things you’re supposed to do.”
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