The U.S. recorded over 200,000 new coronavirus cases and 100,000 hospitalizations from the illness in a single day on Wednesday — a grim new record in the fight against the virus.
The alarming new numbers comes after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield warned there could be 200,000 more deaths by February.
“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times,” Redfield said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday. “I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” largely because of the stress to the health system.”
Redfield said 90 percent of hospitals are in red zones, and 90 percent of long term care facilities are in areas with high community spread.
“The mortality concerns are real,” the CDC director said. “I do think unfortunately, before we see February, we could be close to 450,000 Americans who have died from this virus.”
There have been more than 273,000 COVID-19 deaths, and over 13,900,000 confirmed cases as of Wednesday evening, according to John Hopkins University.