The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Los Angeles is on the rise. (Getty Images)
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The new cases of Coronavirus in the United States this Wednesday exceeded 200,000 in 24 hours and hospitalizations reached 100,000 simultaneous for the first time since the pandemic broke out, according to data from The Washington Post.
These figures come the same day that Robert Redfield, the network director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) predicted that COVID death toll could reach 450,000 in February and he warned that this investment will be possibly “the most difficult moment in the history of public health in this nation.”
“The reality is that December, January and February are going to be tough times,” Redfield said. “In fact, I think it will be the most difficult moment in the history of public health of this nation ”.
The CDC director has been sounding the alarms for months about a devastating wave of nine infections during the fall and winter. And predicted in April that the next waves of the virus could be worse than the first.
His dire predictions appear to be coming true now that confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise. Now, he warns again that the worst is yet to come.
“We are starting to see 1,500 to 2,000 to 2,500 deaths a day from this virus,” Redfield said. “So yeah, worries about mortality are real And I think that, unfortunately, before February rolls around, we could be close to 450,000 Americans who have died from this virus. “