THE U.S. RECORDED ITS highest daily coronavirus death toll since May on Wednesday to surpass 250,000 total fatalities from the pandemic.
Nearly 1,850 people died from the virus on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. With cases continuing to climb, experts expect that number to go up in the coming weeks and months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mortality forecast predicts there will be 276,000 to 298,000 fatalities from the coronavirus by Dec. 12. If the higher end of that estimate plays out, that would mean the country can expect about 48,000 more deaths from the virus in the next roughly three weeks.
A widely cited model by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts the U.S. death toll will reach nearly 439,000 fatalities by March 1.
The daily death toll will peak in January at over 2,100, according to the model.
While there have been positive developments on the vaccine front, experts are concerned that the holiday season will bring gatherings indoors and lead to more cases.
“We have had 1 million cases documented over the past week. Our rate of rise is higher than it even was in the summer. We have hospitalizations going up 25% week over week,” Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, told CNN on Wednesday. “There are so many more cases that we have, that deaths are going up.”