US coronavirus death toll prediction drops over 25% to 60,000

An influential model cited by the White House has cut its projected coronavirus death toll by 26 percent — along with its forecast of the fatalities for New York’s worst day.

As of Wednesday, the University of Washington’s model now predicts that 60,000 Americans will die in the pandemic by Aug. 4, down from a projection of nearly 82,000 just a day earlier.

Nationwide, the model moves the country’s coronavirus death toll apex to Sunday — four days sooner than expected — when 2,212 people are projected to perish from the deadly bug.

The new forecast still predicts that the Empire State’s apex will be Thursday, but now with 780 people dying of the virus, a decrease from the 878 previously predicted.

The White House task force has previously cited the model, created by the college’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, when estimating that between 100,000 to 240,000 will die in the country before a vaccine is released.

As of Wednesday, the US death toll was more than 13,00, with over 400,000 confirmed cases nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University’s data.

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