CDC ups number of expected COVID-19 fatalities by month's end

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — With the majority of the U.S. struggling with increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe the nation should brace for an even higher number of expected deaths by the end of October.

Should rates hold steady, between 2,800 to 6,800 more deaths are expected — pushing the nation’s death toll to between 224,000 and 233,000 by Halloween.

While the northeast and the Southeast have seemingly passed their peak for COVID-19 cases, the burden has now fallen to the Midwest and the Plains.

The nation has also reported over 50,000 brand new cases a day since Wednesday of last week — bringing the U.S. back to numbers previously seen in the summer.

While deaths may have decreased, health experts expressed worry that the number of new cases are skewing to younger Americans and that there is an increase in ICU usage in hospitals nationwide.

The U.S. remains the nation with the highest number of cases and deaths, 7.76 million and 214,761, respectively — according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  

India is the country with the second highest number of cases at seven million and Brazil has suffered the second highest death toll at over 150,000.  

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