NEW YORK — The U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert says the country could see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN on Sunday that millions could become infected in the United States.
The death toll in the U.S. stands at more than 2,300, with close to half of those fatalities in New York State.
Worldwide, more than 33,000 people have died, half of them in Spain and Italy.
“This is not going to get better soon,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
In New York, the virus is overwhelming some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, with data showing high rates of infection in densely packed areas with big non-English-speaking populations. the Associated Press reports.
The U.S. leads the world in reported cases, but five other countries have higher death tolls: Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France.
The Associated Press says in India, a lockdown covering the country’s 1.3 billion people has put untold numbers out of work and left many families struggling to feed themselves.
According to the Associated Press, Italy’s civil protection agency said more than 5,200 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, the lowest number in four days, for a total of almost 98,000 infections.
The White House Coronavirus task Force is set to hold a press confernce Sunday, updating the nation on the pandemic.