Deputy Mayor, North Miami Mayor Alix Desulme raises his arms as he prays for the locals who lost their lives in COVID-19 at the opening of Griffing Park in North Miami, Florida on October 28, 2020.
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On Thursday, more than 4,000 people died of Covid-1
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the number of daily deaths in the United States hit a record high in 5 of the past 10 days. CNBC’s analysis of Hopkins data shows that in the past week, more than 2,700 people died every day in the United States, an increase of 16% compared to a week ago.
In January alone, nearly 20,000 people in the country died of Covid, which set the pace for a month, which may be compared with December, the most deadly month of the epidemic so far.
Senior health officials, including Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the epidemic could get worse before it gets better.
In an interview with NPR on Thursday, Fauci said: “We believe that as January enters, the situation will get worse.” He said that if Americans strictly follow public health measures, such as wearing masks and staying away from society, they can still ” Suppress this acceleration”.
As of Thursday, cases are still increasing rapidly, which shows that as people are diagnosed, get sick and enter the hospital, more deaths will follow, many of them being overwhelmed by the surge in the number of Covid patients. According to data from Hopkins University, 274,700 new cases were reported in the United States on Thursday, bringing the seven-day average to a record high of 228,400.
New cases per day are increasing almost everywhere. In 44 states and the District of Columbia, the average number of new cases per day has increased by at least 5%. In Southern California, where the number of new deaths is rising rapidly, medical staff there are distributing supplemental oxygen and asking ambulances to wait for several hours before sending patients.
According to data from Hopkins University, the number of cases and hospitalizations in Arizona is also increasing rapidly, indicating that the number of new deaths each day may soon catch up. The Ministry of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday that it will establish an infusion center to help with Covid antibody treatment, which is expected to prevent hospitalization if used in the early stages of infection.
As the outbreak intensifies, many Americans across the country are waiting to receive an authorized vaccine currently being promoted. The initial rollout was slow, and the United States failed to reach the goal of vaccinating 20 million Americans in December that federal officials had hoped.
However, federal officials, including Dr. Fauci and Dr. Nancy Messonnier, directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the pace may accelerate this month. The first show has shown signs of slow growth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the United States had carried out 600,000 shootings within 24 hours. According to CDC data, this is by far the most in a day. According to the CDC, more than 21.4 million doses have been distributed, but only 5.9 million doses have been administered.
In criticizing the initial slow rollout, HHS officials are now urging states to move beyond the first priority. According to the guidance of the CDC, medical staff and residents of long-term care facilities should be vaccinated first. However, HHS Minister Alex Azar said earlier this week that states should speed up their opening to new immigrants and to more elderly and vulnerable Americans.
A new virus variant has also increased the pressure for rapid vaccination. The new variant B.1.1.7 was first discovered in the UK and is now found in at least seven states. Officials from the CDC said that although it does not seem to cause people to develop more serious diseases, they believe the disease is more easily spread. CDC officials said last week that this could worsen the epidemic and quickly overwhelm hospitals.