CDC warns COVID-19 death toll in US can surpass 282k by early December


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — With skyrocketing COVID-19 cases and a rising death toll, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a grim prediction about how many more deaths the nation will suffer.

By December 5, the CDC says the U.S. may lose up to 282,000 people to COVID-19, based on current numbers of daily infection and death rates.  Should current trends hold, the U.S. could report between 5,500 and 13,400 deaths each week by December 5.

The CDC previously predicted that a quarter million Americans will succumb to the virus by Thanksgiving. The nation’s death toll currently stands over 242,000 as of early Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

New numbers from the COVID Tracking Project says that new COVID-19 cases are up 41 percent while deaths are up 23 percent this week. 

The organization says that, with over 10.5 million positive cases, that means one out of every 378 Americans has or has had COVID-19.

As of November 10, the nation reported over 130,000 new cases and, on Thursday, that number increased to 150,526.

The nation began averaging over 100,000 daily new cases on November 4. 

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