Covid-19 will 'go away without vaccine', says Trump as US expects death toll to top 95,000

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 09, 2020, 01:46 PM(IST)

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The news that Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller had Covid-19, having recently tested negative, again brought the danger of the virus to the White House inner circle. 

US President Donald Trump has said coronavirus will “go away without a vaccine” and is expecting 95,000 or more deaths in the US.

Trump's comments came at an event with Republican lawmakers even as the unemployment rate has had risen sharply to 14.7%, up from 3.5% in February, with 20 million people losing their jobs in April.

The news that Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller had Covid-19, having recently tested negative, again brought the danger of the virus to the White House inner circle. 

Katie Miller is married to the White House immigration adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller. On Thursday one of Trump’s personal valets tested positive to the virus.

The president again appeared to reset expectations for the final US death toll, saying he expected 95,000 or more to die. 

The current toll stands at just over 77,000, with nearly 1.3 million infections, including nearly 29,000 new infections added to the count on Friday.

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