The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have predicted that the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. could reach 182,000 by the end of August.
This means that in the course of a month, about 30,000 Americans could die from COVID-19, the virus-caused disease, according to the internal document first obtained by Yahoo News.
In the report, the researchers also predict a spike in fatalities between 5,000 and 11,000 in the week of August 15 to August 22.
The projection contradicts President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the virus will “disappear” soon and that the US has a “death rate below most”.
It also comes on the heels of more than 1,500 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the U.S. on Wednesday, the largest one-day increase since May.
A new CDC model predicts that the death toll from the U.S. coronavirus could reach 182,000 in late August, with about 30,000 killed in just a month (above)
Also predicted is a spike in fatalities between 5,000 and 11,000 in the week of August 15 to August 22 (above)
Five states and one area are expected to see new deaths increase each week, including Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Washington. Pictured: Nurse Kyah Paschall checks 64-year-old coronavirus patient Patricia Luera who is connected to a ventilator at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California, July 8
The US has struggled to control the pandemic with more than 60,000 new daily cases confirmed in the past ten days.
The CDC forecasts for coronavirus deaths are based on predictions from 32 different model groups across the country.
Last week, predictions between 160,000 and 175,000 people would die of COVID-19 by August 15.
This week, that number rose to 168,000 to 182,000 until August 22, the document shows.
In addition, new deaths per week are expected to increase in five states and one area in the next four weeks: Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Washington.
Another fashion model- from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics predicts that more than 230,000 coronavirus deaths will occur on November 1.
The prognosis has continued to increase in recent weeks, with initial 208,000 deaths as of November 1 predicted on July 7 and then to 224,000 deaths the following week.
However, if the U.S. introduced a universal mask mandate, the model suggests that by that date, 198,000 Americans would die.
The CDC also says the virus is on track to become one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. by 2020.
Statisticians told it CNN in an email, they expect COVID-19 to become the third leading cause of death among Americans, but not overtaking the top two, which are heart disease and cancer.
On Friday, Reuters revealed that the US registered nearly 25,000 coronavirus deaths in July, up 19 percent from June.
In addition, 1.8 million new cases were registered out of a total of 4.4 million, an increase of 66 percent compared to the previous month
On July 16, the country also broke global daily records when it reported more than 77,000 new cases.
Meanwhile, as former hotspot states like New York and New Jersey report record lows, Central America is becoming the new hotspot with increasing numbers of cases in states like Ohio and Missouri.
On Thursday, the Ohio health department reported that the state had seen the highest increase in infections per day since the January pandemic started with 1,733 cases. The state’s previous record was 1,679 new cases on July 17.
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 new cases were recorded in Missouri on Thursday, a record high for the state, and the third day in a row, the state broke its record high.
In fact, the state has broken the total record file seven times in the past 11 days.