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- As of Thursday, the U.S. confirmed more than 24 million cases and more than 407,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ensemble forecast estimates anywhere from 465,000 to 508,000 by mid-February.
- The prediction comes as President Biden is taking crucial steps to get control of the pandemic.
The U.S. could record as many as 100,000 more coronavirus deaths over the next several weeks as the new Biden administration is quickly moving to shift the nation’s response to the deadly pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ensemble forecast — an aggregate of dozens of independently developed forecasts — estimates the U.S. could report a total of anywhere from 465,000 to 508,000 COVID-19 deaths by the week ending Feb. 13.
As of Thursday, the U.S. had confirmed more than 24 million cases and more than 407,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. More than 122,000 people across the nation are currently hospitalized and the seven day rolling average for new deaths is more than 3,000.
The grim prediction comes as the nation marks one year since the first patient with COVID-19 was identified. President Biden is taking steps to rein in the out-of-control virus and save lives.
Biden took several executive actions Thursday, including expanding the number of federal vaccination sites across the country, using the Defense Production Act to speed up manufacturing of testing and vaccine supplies and expanding the eligibility of those who can receive the jab. He has vowed to administer 100 million doses in his first 100 days in office, a goal public health officials say is doable.
On Wednesday, Biden took action to make masks and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by government contractors mandatory, while urging Americans to wear masks for the next 100 days.
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