The U.S., with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world at more than 120,076, is on the verge of eclipsing the 2,000-death mark Saturday.
The data is compiled by Worldometer, which uses data from Johns Hopkins University and recent media reports.
The death total in the U.S. (1,993) is sixth-most in the world. To date, six-in-1 million Americans have died from the COVID-19 infection. Among the top-10 most infection countries, just Germany and China have a lower death rate per capita.
“I think it’s substantially below 1%, because the people don’t report,” Trump told Fox News this week, pointing to a number of unreported coronavirus cases where healthy Americans just have not been tested because they are not experiencing serious symptoms.
Trump has said the U.S. is now conducting a world-leading 100,000 cases at least per day. The U.S. has tested more than 700,000 cases, which exceeds the world’s current confirmed-case total of 657,915.
To be clear: No one knows the death rate. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says it might end up being roughly 1%. If that turns out right, it would mean the disease is 10 times deadlier than the average seasonal flu, with its death rate of about 0.1%. Fauci’s estimate includes people whose cases are not reported.
“There is tremendous hope as we look forward and we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Trump said during a coronavirus task force briefing this week.
“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” Trump also added.
Restrictions on public gatherings, workplaces, mobility, store operations, schools and more were ordered by states and communities, not Washington. The federal government has imposed border controls; otherwise its social-distancing actions are mostly recommendations, not mandates.
On relaxing restrictions and returning to normal, Fauci told CNN on Wednesday: “You’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline; the virus makes the timeline.”
He told that day’s White House briefing: “No one is going to want to tone down anything when you see what is going on in a place like New York City.
New York state has recorded more than 52,318 confirmed cases to date, a total that puts it as more infected than all but four other countries in the world. The state has suffered 728 fatalities.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.