President Trump predicted Friday that the coronavirus pandemic could kill “95,000 people ultimately” across the US — again subtly adding to the numbers he has been using.
More than 76,000 people have died due to the virus in the US already, according to a daily tally tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
Speaking with Republican members of Congress, Trump said that mitigation efforts helped limit the number of deaths from the outbreak but, “We may be talking about 95,000 people ultimately, we may be talking about something more than that."
He added that one death from coronavirus is unacceptable “let alone perhaps a 100,000.”
Some context: Trump projected between 50,000 to 60,000 US deaths from the coronavirus at a White House press briefing on April 20.
During a Fox News town hall on Sunday, Trump suggested the number would be closer to 80,000 to 90,000 people.