COVID-19: President Trump predicts US death toll will rise to 90,000

COVID-19: President Trump predicts US death toll will rise to 90,000

- President Donald Trump has predicted that about 80,000 to 90,000 people in the United States will die from the coronavirus

- Trump, however, emphasised the need to reopen businesses and get Americans back to work

- The latest estimate by the US president differs from his earlier prediction that 65,000 people in the US will die of the virus

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President Donald Trump has predicted that about 80,000 to 90,000 people in the United States will die from the coronavirus infection.

The US president made the prediction on Sunday, May 3, during a Fox News virtual town hall, Time Magazine reports.

COVID-19: President Trump predicts US death toll will rise to 90,000

Trump has emphasised the need to reopen businesses and get Americans back to work, Photo credits: CNN
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Trump, however, emphasized the need to reopen businesses and get Americans back to work by lifting certain measures intended to slow the spread of the virus.

“We have to get it back open safely but as quickly as possible,” Trump said.

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The latest estimate by the US president differs from his earlier prediction that 65,000 people in the county will die of the virus.

Many public health experts believe the nation cannot safely reopen fully until a vaccine is developed. But Trump declared that he believed one could be available by year’s end.

Meanwhile, the United States's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised the emergency use of the Ebola drug remdesivir for treating the novel coronavirus.

BBC explains that the authorisation means that the anti-viral drug can now be used on people who are hospitalised with severe Covid-19.

Legit.ng gathers that a recent clinical trial showed the drug helped shorten the recovery time for people who were seriously ill.

The BBC report, however, states that the drug did not significantly improve survival rates. The drug was originally developed to treat Ebola.

Though it helped reduce the recovery time for COVID-19 patients, experts warned that remdesivir should not be seen as a "magic bullet" for treating coronavirus. In a meeting with the US President

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Donald Trump, Daniel O'Day, the chief executive of Gilead pharmaceutical company which developed the drug said the FDA authorisation was an important first step. He disclosed that the company would donate 1.5 million vials of the drug.

According to BBC, emergency FDA authorisation is not the same as formal approval, which requires a higher level of review.

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