IN THE wake of fresh spike in COVID-19 cases across the globe, experts have predicted a likely 224, 000 deaths from COVID-19 infections by November.
The new death toll projection came from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, putting the expected figure at 224,000 possible deaths by November 1, which is an increase of almost 16,000 from the previous week.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University. about 67,417 new cases were recorded yesterday a new record in a single day while about a quarter million people could die could still die.
With Covid-19 cases soaring in the US South and Southwest, the nation’s public health experts fear the end is not yet in sight and wonder what normal will look like as the pandemic stretches on through the rest of the year.
While New York and New Jersey were the early virus hotspots, California, Florida, Arizona and Texas now have become the states to watch, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, said yesterday.
Sources say, with the development, most states are mulling reopening plans as at least 27 states have paused or rolled back plans to reopen their economies.
The states already rethinking reopening according to reliable source includ Nevada, where 37 bars have filed a lawsuit to fight Governor Steve Sisolak’s order to revert back to Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.
On schools reopening, some of America’s largest school districts say they won’t resume in-person classes this July, despite President Trump’s calls to reopen. The President has threatened the funding of schools that do not return to campus in July.
In another development hospitals in the United States are to send COVID-19 data to Trump’s office instead of CDC “Hospital data on coronavirus patients will now be rerouted to the Trump administration instead of first being sent to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.” The Department of Health and Human Services said yesterday.
Further report says, the move is to make data less transparent to the public at a time the administration is downplaying the spread of the pandemic and threatens to undermine public confidence that medical data is being presented free of political interference.
In a statement, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Michael Caputo, confirmed the change, saying that the “new faster and complete data system is what America needs to defeat the coronavirus with the CDC, an operating division of HHS, certainly to participate in this streamlined all-of-government response.
“The CDC’s old hospital data gathering operation once worked well monitoring hospital information across the country, but it’s an inadequate system today,” Caputo said in the statement.
Other media reports say hospitals are to begin reporting the data to HHS effective from today, noting also that the “database that will receive new information is not open to the public, which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers and health officials who rely on CDC data to make projections and crucial decisions.
It will be recalled that more than 3.4 million people in the US have been infected, and 38 states are reporting an increase in the number of new cases from the previous weeks.
Meanwhile, at least 27 states have paused or rolled back plans to reopen their economies with experts blaming relaxed restrictions in California, Florida, Arizona and Texas as partly cause of rising cases in those states, particularly among young people.
Reacting to the jump in t number of cases overall and among young people, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Robert Redfield said the nation is in a much better place than it was in the spring, because the mortality rate is lower, but said “we’re not out of the woods for this.”