WASHINGTON– A startling new report released by John Hopkins University Tuesday says more Americans have now died from the deadly Coronavirus than the number killed during the terror attacks on September 11.
According to the report, COVID-19 had caused the deaths of 3,415 Americans as of Tuesday afternoon, while the 9/11 attacks claimed 2,977 American lives.
A majority of the deaths have been reported in the so called “hot spots” of New York, New Jersey, and Washington State, where the country’s initial COVID-19 were first detected.
In an appearance on Tuesday’s NBC “Today Show” White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said the projected numbers of deaths estimated by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci could range from 100,000 “if we do things perfectly” to as high as 1.6 million to 2.2 million if the virus is permitted to spread beyond control.
“I think everyone understands now that you can go from five to 50 to 500 to 5,000 cases very quickly,” she said. “I think in some of the metro areas we were late in getting people to follow the 15-day guidelines.”
As of Tuesday afternoon the number of confirmed deaths worldwide stood at 838,061.
President Donald Trump announced Sunday that the administration’s guidelines on social distancing have been extended until April 30.