Biden chief of staff Klain says he expects U.S. COVID-19 deaths to top 500,000 next month

FILE PHOTO: Healthcare personnel work inside a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) unit at United Memorial Medical Center as the United States nears 300,000 COVID-19 deaths, in Houston, Texas, U.S., December 12, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming chief of staff Ron Klain said on Friday he expects the United States to hit 500,000 COVID-19 deaths next month.

Klain made the comment in an online interview with the Washington Post.

Klain added that he was confident that law enforcement would ensure a safe inauguration for Biden on Jan. 20.

Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Michael Martina; Editing by Howard Goller