WASHINGTON 

The U.S. will record “substantially” fewer deaths than the 100,000 that was projected early on, U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday as the country sees signs the worst national outbreak in the world may be waning.

“The minimum number was 100,000 lives and I think we’ll be substantially under that number,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Hard to believe that if you had 60,000, you could never be happy, but that’s a lot fewer than we were originally thinking.”

“We’re seeing clear signs that our aggressive strategy is saving countless lives,” he added.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who

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