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 last 4 weeks, the variety of deaths has jumped by 42%, in keeping with 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 another nation.

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

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

“This isn’t crying wolf,” he added. “That is the worst price of rise in instances that we now have seen within the pandemic in the USA, 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 instances through the previous 2 weeks, NBC Information reported. Medical doctors and nurses at hospitals throughout the nation have referred to as on People to observe 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 we now have to have our residents serving to us by carrying a masks and preserving their distance.”

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

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