Stark warning about relaxing social distancing rules

The preliminary analysis obtained by The New York Times showed 3,000 Americans dying every day from COVID-19 by June 1, and the number of cases soaring.
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Another test for America and our leaders at the state and federal level. How do you reopen America, save jobs, without risking lives. 38 states easing restrictions, although they have not met the guidelines put forth by the president and his team. And the number of daily deaths from the virus could double to 3,000 a day by June 1st. What the president is saying as he revises his own toll numbers. More than 68,000 lives lost. Across the country, the pressure to lift restrictions is mounting every day. People crowded into central park. Is the U.S. Moving too quickly? The beaches in Clearwater, Florida. An Austin park ranger pushed into a lake while asking a group to spread apart. And in New York City, an officer making an arrest for alleged violation of social distancing. And protesters at the Massachusetts statehouse, calling for an end of the restrictions. And Gavin Newsom saying he will ease restrictions on businesses later this work. And word tonight on the food supply, the grocery store chains saying they'll begin to ration meet. What is driving it all? We start with Tom llamas, right here in New York. Reporter: Tonight, as much of America wrestles to reopen, "The New York Times" obtaining a preliminary analysis about what could happen if social distancing rules are relaxed. The report provided to FEMA to aid in scenario-planning paints a stark image of what may lay ahead. The data put together by Johns Hopkins shows the number of Americans dying every day from the coronavirus could nearly double by June 1st. 3,000 a day, and cases could soar from 25,000 to 200,000 a day. The white house says the report does not reflect modeling. But the president now acknowledging the death toll could climb to 100,000. We're going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people. That's a horrible thing. Reporter: But as the country starts to reopen and more Americans pack parks and beaches, the challenge now, how to protect the public. And in some cases, tempers reaching a boiling point. In Flint, Michigan, Calvin Munerlyn, 43, a father of eight and security guard allegedly killed after a dispute over a customer wearing a mask. A family of three charged with murder. It's incredibly sad that in this crisis that this life was lost. I ask that all michiganders do the right thing and keep their wits about them. And take actions to protect themselves and others in this incredibly stressful time that we're all navigating together. Reporter: In Texas, this park ranger informing a crowd about social distancing shoved into the water at lake Austin. 25-year-old Brandon hicks now charged with attempted assault. And in New York, police launching an internal investigation after this video surfaced showing the arrests of three people allegedly violating social distancing orders on Saturday. Today, dense crowds in Boston at this protest at the statehouse. The white house coronavirus response coordinator concerned about the risk at those rallies like this one in Michigan. It's devastatingly worrisome to me personally because if they go home and infect their grandmother or their grandfather who has a comorbid condition and they have a serious or an unfortunate outcome, they will feel guilty for the rest of our lives. Reporter: 38 states now easing restrictions. There's not too many states that I know of that are going up. Almost everybody is headed in the right direction. I think most of the numbers are coming down. We're on the right side of it. Reporter: But in 17 states, the virus is still surging. Some of those states opening up have not seen the recommended 14-day decline in cases. And the virus' deadly March felt all over the country. In Chicago, 22-year-old mother Nyla Moore suffering an asthma attack, then losing her fight with the virus after three weeks on a ventilator. Her dream was to teach children with special needs. Reporter: In Las Vegas, Veronica wells and her husband are balancing mounting bills and coronavirus fears. She's terrified of her husband returning to work at a homeless shelter. We really don't have any options. He's 50 years old. He's got asthma. He's got a compromised immune system, so it's just really scary. Reporter: For doctors on the frontlines like umesh Gidwani, at New York's mt. Sinai hospital there is worry about the patients right in front of him and the weeks ahead. Are we going to see spikes coming back? Especially as we start to relax and loosen some of the restrictions that we're used to? That's a question everyone is asking. Tom, you reported on the new preliminary analysis, showing the potential new numbers. But there was something else that caught our attention. The number two official at the CDC, who seemed to be saying the government didn't act quick enough to stop the virus as it was spreading from Europe. Reporter: That's right. The number two at the CDC says limited testing and delayed travel alerts with Europe helped drive the outbreak in the U.S. 2 million traveling from Italy and other European countries in February. The ban didn't start until March 11th. Tom, thank you. President trump is sharpening his criticism of

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