Updated: February 24, 2021
More than 1300 people died from COVID-19 in the United States on Friday alone, making it the highest single-day death toll reported by any country in the world.
According to statistics site Worldometers, which took the recording at 12 a.m. GMT+0, Saturday, or 8 EDT Friday, at least 1,321 new deaths were recorded in the United States on Friday. Many of the new deaths came from New York, which is the hardest-hit state in the United States where more than 3000 people have now died from the coronavirus.
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Worldometers said a total of 7,392 people have now died of COVID-19 in the US.
Johns Hopkins University, which tracks global cases using different sources, including Worldometers, said there were 7,159 US deaths as of Saturday morning.
Business Insider said “the exact number may differ as both sites record data at different times”.
At a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the next two weeks in the U.S. will be “very painful”. The President said he wants “every American to be prepared for the days that lie ahead”.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said at the briefing estimates showed between 1 million to 2 million in the U.S. could die from the virus if the current mitigation efforts, including social distancing are not maintained.
But with social distancing, between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths could be recorded, Birx said.
“As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Is it going to be that much? I hope not, and I think the more we push on the mitigation, the less likelihood it will be that number.”