More than 2000 people died from COVID-19 in the United States on Friday, the highest daily death toll recorded so far, even as total infections skyrocketed above half a million.
According to statistics site Worldometers, at least 2035 people died from the coronavirus on Friday, even as daily new cases continued to rise.
As of Saturday morning, there were at least 502,876 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, with 18,747 deaths and 27,314 recoveries, according to the latest tally. The real numbers were likely higher since testing is limited.
The United States was also set to overtake Italy in total number of deaths in the world. It already has more cases than any other nation, and almost a third of all confirmed 1.6 million cases in the world.
Some experts are predicting that the United States may see cases peak by next Friday and then begin to witness the flattening of the curve.
However, recent trends suggest that cases were still going up and the peak may be weeks or many months away.
On Friday alone, there were more than 33,000 new cases in the United States, and there has been no clear sign the curve was flattening.