By Johnson Dike
An influential coronavirus model cited by the White House, stated in a press release that it plans to revise its projections to about 135,000 COVID 19 deaths in the US with 200,000 cases and 3000 deaths daily in June. It’s reasoning is tied to the relaxed lockdown thus increasing mobility, minimum social distancing, heat, testing capacity and population density.
The model was previously predicted to 72,433 deaths as on Monday morning. Ali Mokdad, a professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington ( IHME) said to CNN
“We are seeing, of course, a rise in projected deaths for several reasons. one of them is increased mobility before the relaxation, premature relaxation of social distancing, we are adding more presumptive deaths as well, and we are seeing a lot of outbreaks in the midwest for example,” he said
More additional details to come from the press briefing later today (4pm E.T) by the IHME Director, Dr Christopher Murray.