Daily COVID-19 death toll in the US passes 3,000 - more than the death toll from the 9/11 tragedy
- According to The COVID Tracking Project, on Wednesday the US recorded its highest COVID-19 daily death toll to date.
As states are registering peak numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases, and deaths, a macabre record has been passed: The number of new coronavirus deaths reported in the US in one day has surpassed the number of people who died on 9/11.
According to The COVID Tracking Project, 3,054 deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, the US's highest single-day total to date and for the first time higher than the 2,977 people killed in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The seven-day average for COVID-19 deaths reported in the US was also at an all-time high Wednesday, with deaths continuing to rise. The COVID Tracking Project's previous single-day record for COVID-19 deaths was 2,769 reported May 7.
As states initially lagged with reporting because of the Thanksgiving holiday, cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are continuing to rise, with public-health experts warning that the US could continue to see death tolls higher than 3,000 a day through the holiday season and winter.
—The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) December 10, 2020
"We're going to see consistently probably 2,000 deaths per day and as we get into January toward the peak, we're going to see over 3,000 deaths per day, unfortunately, and maybe get close to 4,000 deaths per day," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told CBS News' "Face The Nation" last week.
Several experts who spoke with Newsweek last week echoed the same sentiment. Dr. Peter Drobac, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of Oxford, said, "We might be experiencing 9/11 a day by Christmas."
Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and director of a COVID-19 Modeling Consortium used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Newsweek her group was projecting that with a Thanksgiving spike, at least 1,500 and possibly more than 3,000 people a day would die from COVID-19 for the rest of the year.
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