(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — With COVID-19 cases and fatalities slowly on the rise as the nation embarks on the start of flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered a dire warning. Should the death and case rate remain the same, the nation’s death toll could surpass 225,000 by mid-October.
The CDC predicts that the nation will weather between 214-226,000 lives lost due to COVID-19 by October 17.
Globally, cases are on the rise, as well. France, Russia and England both marked new highs in daily cases, with England logging 6,634 new cases Thursday while France reported 16,096 new cases. For Russia, the nation confirmed 6,595 new cases — the highest single day increase since July.
While France imposed new restrictions, England and Wales’ contact tracing app went live on Thursday.
The U.S. remains the worst-affected nation with close to seven million confirmed cases and 202,728 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
India has the second highest number of cases, 5.73 million while Brazil has the second highest number of deaths at 138,977.