November 19, 2020 – The United States passed the quarter-million coronavirus death milestone on Wednesday, according to NBC News, as public health officials warned the death toll would continue to rise in the weeks to come .
In the past 4 weeks, the death toll has jumped 42%, according to an NBC News analysis. In early October, the weekly average was around 821 deaths per day, or 1,167 deaths per day last week. The United States continues to dominate the world with more coronavirus-related deaths than any other country.
The United States also leads the world with 11.5 million cases of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
“Right now we are in an absolutely dangerous situation that we have to take very seriously,” test director Brett Giroir, MD, country testing coordinator and member of the Working Group on Health, told MSNBC. coronaviruses from the White House.
“It’s not a crying wolf,” he added. “This is the worst rate of increase in cases we’ve seen in the pandemic in the United States, and at this time, there is no sign of flattening.”
All 50 states, along with Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands and Guam, have reported an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past 2 weeks, NBC News reported. Doctors and nurses at hospitals across the country have called on Americans to take precautions and help them avoid a “breaking point.”
“We are approaching, I think, desperation,” Julie Watson, MD, chief medical officer for Integris Health in Oklahoma, told MSNBC. “I think our citizens need to help us by wearing a mask and keeping their distance.”
According to the latest weekly report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, there is “a large now aggressive, relentless and expanding community across the country, reaching most counties, with no evidence of improvement but rather deterioration. additional.
NBC News has obtained a copy of the internal memo, which warns that current efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus are “insufficient.” Next week’s Thanksgiving holiday, the task force wrote, has the potential to “dramatically amplify the transmission.”
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