China Plus Published: 2020-08-04 13:00:23
At least 173,000 people in the United States are projected to have died with COVID-19 by August 22, adding some 20,000 to the current death toll of over 155,000. That is according to a CNN report citing a new composite forecast from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The projection suggests an average of some 1,000 new deaths a day for the next three weeks.
People sunbathe at La Misericordia Beach in Malaga on June 7, 2020, as lockdown measures are eased during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. [File Photo: AFP]
The White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr Deborah Birx, warned that the U.S. was in a new phase of the pandemic. Birx told CNN that the current situation was different from that of March and April, explaining that the disease “is extraordinarily widespread”.
Dr Carlos del Rio, the executive associate dean at Emory University’s School of Medicine, noted that more and more rural communities were seeing the spread of the coronavirus, meaning that the disease had not just been spreading in urban areas. CNN quoted him as saying: “The epidemic is moving into every community in America […] That’s why we all need to be wearing a mask.”
The CDC had a rare piece of good news to report, however, saying that the daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases had generally plateaued over the past week in about 27 states compared to the previous week. Public health experts have however pleaded with Americans — and especially younger people — to stop social gatherings, saying these were fueling the crisis.