US records highest COVID-19 deaths in single day since May

Experts predicted the United States will experience a total of 471,000 American deaths by March 1, higher projections than previously shared.

The United States reached record-breaking numbers as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge.

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According to CNN, Johns Hopkins University reported more than 2,000 American deaths on Thursday, a daily total not recorded since early May. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted that by mid-December, the number could grow to more than 2,300 deaths daily. They also predict a total of 471,000 American deaths by March 1, a figure 30,000 higher than what was predicted a week ago.

“When you look at what’s happening now, the rate of rising is dramatically different,” Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force told the news outlet. “This is faster. It’s broader. And what worries me, it could be longer.”

Brix informed CNN that over half of the country is now in the “red zone.” As theGrio reported, the U.S. death count crossed the 250,000 mark this week, and in the last month, the country has seen a 42% increase in the number of fatalities due to coronavirus.

We can expect the case and death count to continue to rise exponentially unless we take serious measures to mitigate the virus,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a historian of epidemics at the University of Michigan, according to the report. “All of this is terrible news.”

Utah National Guard Operates Drive-In COVID-19 Testing Site
A woman closes her eyes as she gets a COVID-19 swab test by members of the Utah National Guard at the Utah County Health Department on November 20, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Governor called up the National Guard to assist in COVID-19 testing and tracing as Utah has seen a large spike in positive tests the last several months. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked that people abort holiday travel plans as Thanksgiving nears. According to their guidelines, the safest way to celebrate is at home with the people you live with. According to the data, 11,650,817 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States since January.

Pharmaceutical companies have released statements on the progress of their vaccines with two reporting effectiveness of over 90% according to theGrio. Pfizer and Moderna said data from individual, unrelated trials had promising results. Pfizer requested emergency use of its vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration.

“Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement, according to the report from theGrio.

Across the country, political leaders are implementing policies with the hope of stopping the coronavirus spread. According to the New York Times, Governor Gavin Newsom of California and Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio issued similar curfews, to keep residents in their homes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

A spokesman for Gov. DeWine said he believed establishing the three-week curfew will put a “dent” in the Buckeye State’s coronavirus cases. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the secretary of California Health and Human Services, said the curfew was created to target harmful behaviors.

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“We’ve seen in the past that COVID goes from zero to 60 miles per hour very quickly,” he said at a news conference on Thursday. “We know that those who are out, who might be engaging in higher-risk behaviors, that those infections can quickly spread to other settings.”

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