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Trump: Up to 100,000 Americans may die from Covid-19

KUALA LUMPUR (May 4): US President Donald Trump (pictured) said yesterday he “believes as many as 100,000 Americans” could perish in the Covid-19 pandemic after the death toll passed his earlier estimates, Reuters reported.

“We’re going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people. That’s a horrible thing,” Trump said during a two-hour virtual town hall broadcast by FOX News.

On Friday, Trump “hoped fewer than 100,000 Americans would die” and earlier in the week had mentioned bout 60,000 to 70,000 deaths, reported the news wire.

The US leader, however, also said he was confident a vaccine would be developed by the year’s end.

“I think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year. The doctors would say, well you shouldn’t say that.

“I’ll say what I think ... I think we’ll have a vaccine sooner than later,” Trump assured the American public.

Meanwhile, as some US states start partial lifting of shutdowns with many Americans calling strongly to an end to movement restriction, Trump said: “We can’t stay closed as a country (or) we’re not gonna have a country left.”

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