Expert predicts up to 200K US deaths

WASHINGTON DC (AP) – The top infectious disease expert in the American government is making a dire prediction of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the U.S. and millions of cases of coronavirus infections. Meantime, Spain and Italy are pleading for European help as they fight still-surging infections and U.S. authorities are urging millions in the hard-hit New York City region to stay home. The confirmed global death rate surpassed 30,000 people and new virus epicenters are emerging, including in rural counties in the U.S. with few intensive care units. Spain and Italy alone account for more than half of the world’s death toll and are still seeing over 800 deaths a day each.