The United States has recorded more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours as the death toll topped 160,000, and Dr. Anthony Fauci warned some cities of "problems" if they don't act now to stop the spread.
U.S. deaths topped the grim 160,000 mark on Friday, representing nearly a quarter of the global COVID-19 death toll. The number of positive cases in the US is currently close to 4.9 million.
The US recorded 2,060 deaths in a 24-hour period as of 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, AFP reported, citing the live record of Johns Hopkins University. The last time the US recorded more than 2,000 deaths in a 24-hour period was on May 7th.
The number of deaths has increased by 10,000 in just nine days. On a per capita basis, the United States ranks 10th in the world for both cases and deaths.
Coronavirus deaths are still increasing in 23 states while cases are increasing in 20 states, according to a Reuters analysis that compared data from the last two weeks to the previous two.
U.S. deaths topped the grim mark of 160,000 on Friday, representing nearly a quarter of the world's death toll from COVID-19 after rising 10,000 in just nine days
Many of the new deaths are due to the hotspot states of California, Florida, and Texas, which are also the top three states for total cases.
While infections appear to be declining in these states, new outbreaks are emerging from coast to coast.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, warned this week that the cities of Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington could suffer outbreaks as the percentage of coronavirus tests are positive.
Following her warning, the task force member, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday: "This is a predictor of problems ahead."
Fauci was asked on CNN for Birx's comments identifying new areas of concern in major cities, although authorities in the south are seeing encouraging signs.
Even in cities and states where most people get things right, a portion of people who don't wear masks or pursue social distancing remain prone to infection and can smolder the virus in U.S. communities, according to Fauci.
"Unless everyone pulls together and levels are well above baseline, we will continue to see the increases that Dr. Birx has spoken about in several of these cities," said Fauci.
After a surge in July, new cases are starting to decline across the country
The number of positive cases in the US is currently close to 4.9 million
Many of the new deaths are due to the hotspot states of California, Florida, and Texas, which are also the top three states for total cases. While infections appear to be declining in these states, new outbreaks are emerging from coast to coast
Public health experts have regularly warned cities and states in the past few days not to loosen coronavirus measures too much until the virus is adequately under control.
An average of 1,000 Americans die from COVID-19 every day.
In contrast, President Donald Trump downplayed the stamina of the virus, saying "it will go away like things go" on Wednesday when he urged U.S. schools to reopen in time for face-to-face classes.
Fauci has also said that children should be sent back to class as soon as possible.
The US death toll would almost double by the end of the year, according to a new forecast, but 70,000 lives could be saved if everyone wore a mask.
The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics revised its fatality forecast Thursday to predict nearly 300,000 deaths by December 1.
Researchers say 70,000 lives could be saved if 95 percent of Americans, starting today, wear masks when they leave their homes.
IHME director Dr. Christopher Murray admitted that the hotspot states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas seem to have fewer transmissions of the virus, but said deaths are increasing and will continue to increase over the next week or two.
CHICAGO: Chicago has an average of 294 new cases and two deaths per day. As of Thursday, there have been 62,797 cases of COVID-19 and 2,798 deaths among Chicago residents
WASHINGTON: The total number of positive cases in Washington DC now stands at 12,589 and deaths at 589
BOSTON: In Boston, the number of infections has now reached 14,323 and the death toll is 735
DETROIT: There have been 12,914 confirmed cases and 1,493 deaths in Detroit
He attributed the decline in infections to a combination of local mandates for the use of masks, closings of bars and restaurants, and more responsible public behavior.
"Public behavior was directly related to the transmission of the virus and the number of deaths," said Murray.
& # 39; Such efforts to act more cautiously and responsibly will be an important aspect of the COVID-19 outlook and up-and-down patterns in individual states in the months ahead and year ahead.
“We're seeing a roller coaster in the United States.
“It seems that as the infections increase, people wear masks more often and distance themselves socially. After a while, when the infections go down, people let go of their guard and stop taking these measures to protect themselves and others – which of course leads to more infections. And the potentially fatal cycle starts all over again. & # 39;
Murray said that due to cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in several states, transmission of COVID-19 is increasing, including Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia.
"These states can re-emerge for several weeks and then potentially see a response to more responsible behavior," Murray said.
The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics revised its fatality forecast Thursday to predict nearly 300,000 deaths by December 1. Researchers say 70,000 lives could be saved if 95 percent of Americans, starting today, wear masks when they leave their homes