COVID-19 deaths in US to be substantially below 100,000, says Trump


US President Donald Trump points to a reporter to ask a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington, as White House adviser Jared Kushner listens. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Xinhua) -- US President Donald Trump said Friday the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States will be "substantially below the 100,000" figure projected by models last week.

"It looks like we're headed to a number substantially below the 100,000, that would be the low mark," Trump told a White House daily briefing.

He said the situation in cities like Detroit and New Orleans appears to be stabilizing.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she is seeing a leveling of the curve in the United States.

She said that a lot of this is due to an improvement of the situation in New York and mitigation steps individuals took in the New York metro area.

However, Birx warned that the United States has "not reached the peak" of COVID-19 infections.