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Birx says drop in US death projection is due to Americans changing their behavior through social distancing

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(CNN) One of the top medical officials on the White House coronavirus task force said Wednesday that models projecting the number of US deaths from coronavirus have dropped dramatically in recent days because Americans have drastically changed their behavior.

CNN's Jim Acosta asked President Donald Trump about the projections during a press briefing at the White House.

"My impression is those were the numbers that were set and those were set as an expectation quite a while ago. I think we are doing much better than those numbers," the President said, before asking Dr. Deborah Birx, an HIV researcher and the White House coronavirus response coordinator, to come to the podium.

She said that the US was doing "much better in many cases than several other countries, and we're trying to understand that."

"We believe that our health care delivery system in the United States is quite extraordinary," she said, but added that the models were based on "what America is doing."

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