The U.S. is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend, White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday at a Senate committee hearing.
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): Dr. Fauci, back in March, you also said “looking at what we’re seeing now,” you expected there to be between 100,000 and 200,000 coronavirus deaths and millions of infections in the U.S. So, let’s flash forward to late June. Here we are at the end of June. We’ve already seen 126,000 deaths with infection rates rising rapidly. Dr. Fauci, based on what you are seeing now how many COVID-19 deaths and infections should America expect before this is all over? DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: I can’t make an accurate prediction but it is going to be very disturbing I will guarantee you that because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country even though in other parts of the country they are doing well they are vulnerable. I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference. We can’t just focus on those areas that are having me search and it puts the entire country at risk. We are now having 40+ thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around and so I am very concerned.