Coronavirus latest death projection tops 200,000 US deaths by October

Posted at 9:22 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 13:05:38-04

A new forecast model is predicting 200,000 people in the U.S will die from the coronavirus by October.
According to ABC's Megan Tevrizian, as of Tuesday morning, coronavirus infections are rising in 21 states.

In Florida, where beaches are now open, hospital beds are filling up, prompting Miami's mayor to postpone phase three of reopening.

"We are seeing an uptick, particularly in the age demographic 18-35 and particularly after Memorial Day Weekend," said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

Eleven states are seeing an increase in hospitalizations, including Texas, which is setting records almost daily for COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals.

"The key message is that we may be tired of this virus, but it's not tired of us," said Dr. Umair Shah of Harris County Texas Public Health Department.

A new projection from the University of Washington forecasts more than 200,000 deaths from the virus by October, mainly due to reopening measures.

And a new CDC study finds people with common underlying health conditions are 12 times more likely to die from the virus.