The daily count of CCP virus cases has been declining gradually in the United States, but deaths linked to the virus reached a high in recent days, with the Biden administration projecting thousands more deaths in the coming weeks.
New deaths nationwide were at about 4,087 on Tuesday—among the several highest one-day death tolls since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Only three other days have seen more cases of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus than Tuesday.
The United States reported a total of more than 25.59 million cases and 429,195 deaths by day’s end on Wednesday, since the first case of the CCP virus was reported in the country on Jan. 22, 2020.
The Biden administration at its new health briefings on Wednesday said it is projecting about 90,000 more deaths in the next four weeks.
“I know this is not news we all want to hear, but this is something we must say so we are all aware,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “If we are united in action we can turn things around.”
The CDC’s latest forecast means the country will have a cumulative 479,000 and 514,000 deaths by Feb. 20, Walensky said.
Concerns remain that new variants of the virus from such places as Brazil and the United Kingdom might further spread infection.
Two vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration in December 2020 and more than 24.6 million doses have been administered across the country, the CDC reported on its website. More than 47.2 million doses have been distributed.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that there should be enough vaccines for the 300 million Americans by the end of the summer. He warned, however, “It’s going to take months for us to turn things around.”
Some U.S. states have recently slightly eased some public health restrictions.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday lifted a stay-at-home order for much of the state, allowing certain businesses such as hair salons to reopen with modifications, and restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining. But some restrictions such as a ban on indoor worship services remain.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that “the holiday surge is over” and lifted certain business restrictions across the state, adding that New York City restaurants would be on the path to reopen soon.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.