does anyone help me with the grammar structure of “XXX is likely to cause deaths, both proportionally and in absolute numbers.”

I appreciate any help you can provide.

Which part is “both proportionally and in absolute numbers” modifying? Naturally, it should be “to cause,” but here “to cause” is an infinitive (as a noun) modified by adjective-likely. How come an adverb to modify a noun? Thanks for your help! 😉

The sentence is an official example from GMAT sentence correction.

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