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Fauci: US could reach 100,000 new cases a day

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci listens at left. Photo: AP/ Kevin Dietsch. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci listens at left.

The Associated Press
Updated: June 30, 2020 12:49 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 12:28 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci said coronavirus cases could grow to 100,000 a day in the U.S. if Americans don't start following public health recommendations.

The nation's leading infectious disease expert made the remark at a Senate hearing on reopening schools and workplaces.

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Asked to forecast the outcome of recent surges in some states, Fauci said he can't make an accurate prediction but believes it will be "very disturbing."

"We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned," said Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health.


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