The number of coronavirus deaths in the US could surpass modeling estimates of 60,000 if some states move too quickly in reopening, a source close to the White House coronavirus task force warns.
"If some states jump prematurely into opening we certainly could surpass 60,000," the source said.
The source pointed to the governors in South Carolina and Georgia deciding to reopen businesses, even as those states have yet to meet "gating" guidelines laid out by the administration last week.
"Not good," the source said.
The gating guidelines determine when states can reopen restaurants, bars, gyms and public spaces, as well as providing guidance for employers.
These criteria include a sustained decrease in cases over a 14-day period and a return to pre-crisis conditions in hospitals.