A Trump administration model projects a steep rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the weeks ahead to about 3,000 daily deaths in the US by June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times.
The projections are based on modeling from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which were put together into charts and graphics by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
An administration official confirmed to CNN the authenticity of the report obtained by the Times, which was distributed throughout relevant agencies over the weekend. The official cautions that the numbers are projections at this point.
When asked for comment, the White House said in a statement that the document obtained by the Times had not been seen by the Coronavirus Task Force.
“This is not a White House document nor has it been presented to the Coronavirus Task Force or gone through interagency vetting. This data is not reflective of any of the modeling done by the task force or data that the task force has analyzed. The President’s phased guidelines to open up America again are a scientific driven approach that the top health and infectious disease experts in the federal government agreed with. The health of the American people remains President Trump’s top priority and that will continue as we monitor the efforts by states to ease restrictions," Deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere said.
Despite White House claims the projections have not be presented and vetted by to the Coronavirus Task Force, a source close to the task force said some members have seen the new CDC projections. Despite what the White House is saying, this source said the estimates should be taken seriously.
The new revelation comes as states begin to reopen their economies this month despite cautionary warnings from public health experts.