Fauci Predicts 100K-200K US Deaths 03/29 09:46
Millions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus and 100,000 to
200,000 will die, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned
Sunday, as people in and around the country's outbreak epicenter of New York
were urged to limit their travel to contain the scourge.
(AP) -- Millions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus and
100,000 to 200,000 will die, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease
expert warned Sunday, as people in and around the country's outbreak epicenter
of New York were urged to limit their travel to contain the scourge.
The dire prediction came from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking on CNN's "State of the
Union." As of Sunday morning, the U.S. had about 125,000 infections and 2,200
Around the world, doctors were forced to make tough choices about which
patients to save with their limited breathing machines, and Spain and Italy
demanded more European help as they fight still-surging coronavirus infections
in the continent's worst crisis since World War II.
The confirmed global death toll surpassed 31,000 and new virus epicenters
emerged in U.S. cities like Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago. Even rural
America has not been immune, as virus hotspots erupt in Midwestern towns and
Rocky Mountain ski havens.
Spain and Italy alone account for more than half of the world's death toll,
and are still seeing over 800 deaths a day each.
Experts say, however, that virus toll numbers across the world are being
seriously under-represented because of limited testing and political decisions
about which bodies to count. Unlike the U.S., France and Italy do not count
deaths that take place at home or in nursing homes, even though nursing homes
are known coronavirus incubators around the world.
''Europe must demonstrate that it is able to respond to this historic
call,'' Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said late Saturday. "I will fight until
the last drop of sweat, until the last gram of energy, to obtain a strong,
vigorous, cohesive European response."
President Donald Trump backtracked on a threat to quarantine New York and
neighboring states amid criticism and questions about the legality of such a
move. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel
advisory urging all residents of New York City and others in New York state,
New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid all nonessential travel for 14 days.
Shocking as that is for Americans, that stopped short of the restrictions
imposed in Europe or elsewhere. Parisians are fined if they try to leave the
city, South Africans can't even buy liquor, and Serbians are upset over a ban
on walking their dog. In Italy, burials are being held with only one family
Spain moved to tighten its lockdown and ban all nonessential work Sunday as
it hit another daily record of 838 dead. The country's overall official toll
was more than 6,500.
Spain's health emergencies chief, Fernando Simn, said the country's
infection rate fell Sunday to 9%, down from 18% three days before. But he said
the number of people in intensive care units keeps rising and hospitals are at
their limits in several regions.
"That is why we have to strictly apply the control measures," he said.
The crisis is pummeling world economies and putting huge strains on national
health care systems. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called for a more
vigorous response from the 27-nation European Union.
"It is the most difficult moment for the EU since its foundation and it has
to be ready to rise to the challenge," he said.
Spain, Italy, France and six other EU members have asked the union to share
the burden by issuing European debt, dubbed coronabonds, to help fight the
virus. But the idea has met resistance from Germany and the Netherlands.
European countries have also resisted sharing masks with their neighbors for
fear that they, too, will need them in mass quantities soon. Many countries
have turned to China, where the outbreak is easing, flying in cargo planes to
get protective medical equipment.
These tensions have raised new fears about whether the EU will survive this
"It's really, really important that we achieve better coordination," German
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said.
Worldwide infections surpassed 680,000, according to a tally by Johns
Hopkins University. The United States leads the world with about 125,000
reported cases, but five other countries have higher death tolls: Italy, Spain,
China, Iran and France.
Italy has more than 10,000 deaths, the most of any country.
Egypt shut its beaches as cases in the Mideast surpassed 50,000. Police in
the Philippines stepped up arrests of quarantine violators, and more tourists
were evacuated from Mount Everest and the Indonesian island of Bali.
Poland is considering delaying its May 10 presidential election, and Russia
ordered borders to close on Monday. A prominent French politician with the
virus died, France's first death of a senior official.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has the virus himself, warned:
"Things will get worse before they get better."
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as
fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for others, especially
older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause more
severe illness, including pneumonia, and lead to death.
More than 145,000 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins.
Pope Francis called Sunday for a cease-fire in all conflicts around the
globe ''to focus together on the true fight of our lives.'' He also urged
authorities to take special care of those in nursing homes, military barracks
In Detroit, which has a large low-income population, the death toll rose to
31 with about 1,400 infections in a rate that shocked health officials.
"This is off the charts," said Dr. Teena Chopra, medical director of
infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at the Detroit Medical Center.
"We are seeing a lot of patients that are presenting to us with severe disease,
rather than minor disease."
Some U.S. states began to try to limit exposure from visitors from
harder-hit areas. Rhode Island National Guard troops were going door to door in
coastal communities to find New Yorkers. Florida is setting up checkpoints to
screen visitors from Louisiana.
As others tightened controls, China eased more restrictions ,following the
ruling Communist Party's declaration of victory over the coronavirus. Airline
flights from Hubei province at the center of the coronavirus outbreak resumed
Sunday. Subway and bus service resumed Saturday in the province's hard-hit
capital of Wuhan.