Newsbreak: Experts predict over 100,000 deaths in US alone, 20k in UK
By David Akinola
Medical experts have predicted that between 100,000 to 200,000 people may die from Coronavirus pandemic in the next few months in the United States alone. Since the outbreak, the US has recorded about 1500 deaths. According to the experts, it is anticipated that more than 1million people will be infected by CONVID-19 even in the midst of lockdown in some of the states in America. Irohinoodua monitored the report this afternoon.
In the United Kingdom, it is described as ‘good news’ if the expected number of deaths do not shoot beyond 20,000 people.
Also speaking to CNN today, Anthony Fauci who is an American physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States said social distancing is the key to reducing the number of infections.
“After discussions with the President we made it clear and he agreed, it would be much better to do what’s called a strong advisory. The reason for that is you don’t want to get to the point that you’re enforcing things that would create a bigger difficulty, morale and otherwise, when you could probably accomplish the same goal,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Fauci said about 56% of the country’s new infections are coming from the New York City area.
He told CNN that Coronavirus task force has received proposed recommendations on reducing social distancing. After the number of reported US coronavirus deaths doubled to more than 2,000 within two days, officials are advising residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut not to travel domestically.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the travel advisory Saturday, urging residents of the three states to “refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.” The states would have “full discretion” on implementing the advisory, which exempts employees in critical fields.
“What you don’t want is people traveling from that area to other areas of the country and inadvertently and innocently infecting other individuals,” Fauci said. “We felt the better way to do this would be an advisory as opposed to a very strict quarantine. And the President agreed, and that’s why he made that determination last night.”
In a media chart today in London, Secretary for Communities, Robert Jenrick said his country is preparing for worst case scenario. “We have never done a thing like this since the world war. We are bringing together people from different services, police, finest military planners in the world using their judgment to achieve a consistent response.” He said the government wish to ensure that those serving the country at this time have enough equipment adding that health officials will be supported by other emergency service providers. He said 300,000 people have volunteered to work in the emergency period. He said the Government will provide toiletries and that food would be delivered to people at their door steps while for those who have no families to rely, the government will reach them through the various community medical networks. HE said “You have to be at home for a long time. You are not alone. We are here to support you as long as you need us. The Deputy UK Medical Officer, Jenny Harris said “We all want to be proud of the part we played together. UK is one of the worst hit and has recorded 209 deaths in the past 24 hours.