Nov. 19, 2020 — The U.S. handed the quarter-million milestone for coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, in accordance to NBC News, as public well being officers warned that the loss of life toll will proceed to rise in coming weeks.

Over the past 4 weeks, the variety of deaths has jumped by 42%, in response to an NBC Information evaluation. In early October, the weekly common was about 821 deaths per day, which elevated to 1,167 deaths per day final week. The U.S. continues to steer the world with extra coronavirus-related deaths than some other nation.

The U.S. additionally leads the world with 11.5 million COVID-19 circumstances, in response to data from Johns Hopkins College.

“Proper now, we’re in a completely harmful scenario that now we have to take with the utmost seriousness,” Adm. Brett Giroir, MD, the nation’s testing coordinator and a member of the White Home coronavirus activity power, told MSNBC.

“This isn’t crying wolf,” he added. “That is the worst charge of rise in circumstances that now we have seen within the pandemic in the US, and proper now, there’s no signal of flattening.”

All 50 states, in addition to Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands, and Guam, reported will increase in COVID-19 circumstances throughout the previous 2 weeks, NBC Information reported. Docs and nurses at hospitals throughout the nation have referred to as on People to comply with precautions and assist them keep away from a “breaking level.”

“We’re approaching, I believe, desperation,” Julie Watson, MD, chief medical officer at Integris Well being in Oklahoma, told MSNBC. “I believe now we have to have our residents serving to us by sporting a masks and maintaining their distance.”

In response to the newest weekly report by the White Home Coronavirus Activity Drive, there’s “now aggressive, unrelenting, increasing broad neighborhood unfold throughout the nation, reaching most counties, with out proof of enchancment however quite, additional deterioration.”

NBC Information obtained a copy of the interior memo, which warned that the present efforts to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus are “insufficient.” Subsequent week’s Thanksgiving vacation, the duty power crew members wrote, has the potential to “amplify transmission significantly.”