“There remains a large number of counties whose burden continues to grow or are in an elevated incidence plateau, including in the Great Lakes region, parts of the Southeast, Northeast, and around southern California,” the CDC analysis says.
The US has averaged 1870 deaths a day from the coronavirus over the past five days, meaning 3000 daily deaths by June would be a significant increase.
In a Fox News town hall event on Sunday night, Trump said: “We’re going to lose anywhere from 75-, 80- to 100,000 people.
“That’s a horrible thing. We shouldn’t lose one person over this. This should’ve been stopped in China.”
Public health experts have expressed growing disappointment that the number of new cases and deaths in the US has not declined as quickly as they had hoped.
“While mitigation didn’t fail, I think it’s fair to say that it didn’t work as well as we expected,” Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, said in an interview with CBS on Sunday (Monday AEST).
“We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point. And we’re just not seeing that.”
While the daily death figures have fallen rapidly in New York, which has been the epicentre of the US outbreak, they have been rising slowly in other parts of the country.
Texas reported 50 deaths last Thursday (Friday AEST), its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.
In his Fox News town hall, Trump said: “I think most of the numbers are coming down. We’re on the right side of it, but we want to keep it that way, but we also want to get back to work. The people want to get back to work.”
He said he was convinced that the US economy would be “moving again” by early summer.
“I think we saved millions of lives, but now we have to get it back open, and we have to get it back open safely but as quickly as possible,” he said.
Matthew Knott is North America correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.