COVID-19 Death Toll Predictions Get Pushed Even Higher as States Reopen
For the second time in a week, the University of Washington has revised its coronavirus death toll projections.
It’s now saying it expects 137,000 people will die by August. That’s up from the last projection of 134,000.
It comes as nearly all 50 states begin to ease restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen and loosening their social distancing guidelines.
President Trump is urging states to get back to work after a brutal April jobs report.
The report showed 20.5 million jobs lost last month.
That has White House officials considering a number of options to help boost the economy—including another round of stimulus checks, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
”The President has said—and wants to make sure—before we rush back and do the next bill and spend more taxpayer money, we just want to be thoughtful,” Mnuchin said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ April report, the country’s unemployment rate reached just under 15% last month.
And White House officials believe it could be close to 20% in the May jobs report.