A grim milestone: Coronavirus death toll hits 60,000 in U.S.

Americans are looking for perspective as the COVID-19 death toll exceeded 60,000 in the United States. Experts said the death toll, as well as infection and recovery rates, will be examined for years to come.

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April 30, 2020 - 10:06 AM

EMTs unload a patient that has has possible COVID-19 symptoms at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in Chula Vista, Calif., earlier this month. Photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times / TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to talk about the most, the best, the thing that nobody has ever seen.

Now he is trying to make a virtue of a lower number, arguing that the efforts of his administration have warded off a far greater death toll than otherwise would have been seen.

But the reported U.S. death toll on Wednesday crept past 60,000, a figure that Trump in recent weeks had suggested might be the total death count. He had cited the estimate as a sign of relative success after the White House previously warned the U.S. could suffer 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.

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