The head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, Ashish Jha warned that the United States may witness 200,000 deaths because of the coronavirus at some point in September. Just after the US government eased the lockdown, the total coronavirus cases surpassed 2 million on Wednesday.
Mr. Jha was speaking in an interview where he said, “Even if we don’t have increasing cases, even if we keep things flat, it’s reasonable to expect that we’re going to hit 200,000 deaths sometime during the month of September,”
“And that’s just through September. The pandemic won’t be over in September.”
“I’m really worried about where we’re going to be in the weeks and months ahead.”
The country’s death toll stands at 112,754 as of now which is the highest. Jha said the US was the only major country to reopen the economy without controlling the cases. According to him, the deaths were not “something we have to be fated with” and could be prevented by ramping up testing and contact tracing, strict social distancing and widespread use of masks.
Not only America, several other countries have also witnessed a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Jha and several other experts say that the authorities are loosening restrictions too early.
According to Reuters, the infection in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona has risen 40% for the week ended Sunday.
The ongoing protest in the US for the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis may lead to a spike in the cases. So, the health experts have urged people to get tested who took part in the protest.
But Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview, “What I can tell you is that, at this point, we don’t see an increase in new cases now, nearly two weeks on from when the first protests took effect.”