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The total number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed 1.44 million in the United States, with 87,427 deaths reported in the country, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University.
Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, said the department's forecasting models predict deaths from COVID-19 to exceed 100,000 by June 1.
The CDC tracks 12 different forecasting models of possible COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. As of May 11, all forecast an increase in deaths in the coming weeks and a cumulative total exceeding 100,000 by June 1, according to the director.
Earlier, researchers at the University of Washington also revised its model, forecasting 147,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S. by August 4.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled details of a plan to accelerate the development of a vaccine and medical treatments for the coronavirus by January.
"We're looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before," Trump told reporters at a press conference in the Rose Garden.