“There’s going to be a lot of death,” Trump said at a briefing with newsmen on Sunday.
He pushed back on criticism that the federal government has not done enough to get ventilators that many critically ill coronavirus patients need to survive to the states.
According to him, some governors are asking for more machines than they will need.
“Fears of shortages have led to inflated requests,” Trump said of submissions his administration has received to dole out equipment from the strategic national stockpile.
The U.S. has the world’s highest number of known cases of COVID-19, the flu-like respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
As of Saturday, there were almost 8,500 deaths from Covid-19 in the US, with most in New York state.
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