Total coronavirus cases in the US crossed 1 million on Tuesday even as states eased restrictions, accounting for one-third of the overall global cases.
The country has reported over 57,000 deaths, along with nearly 140,000 recoveries.
The outbreak could take more than 74,000 US lives by August, compared with an earlier forecast of 67,000, according to the University of Washington’s predictive model, often cited by White House officials and state public health authorities.
The university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) said late on Monday that the number of US deaths caused by the virus was not abating as quickly as previously projected after hitting a daily peak on April 15 with about 2,700.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) director Christopher Murray said the death toll would climb if states reopen their economies too early.
Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, urged Americans on Monday to go on sheltering in place and maintain social distancing until authorities lift their orders.
“We’re beginning to understand more and more that there may be an inverse relationship for how severe the disease is and your age. So younger people could actually be infected and not know they are infected and unintentionally pass the virus on,” she told Fox News on Tuesday.