The United States entered what an official called the “peak death week” of the coronavirus on Monday while a watchdog report said hospitals were struggling to maintain and expand capacity to care for infected patients.
The U.S. death toll, which topped 10,000 on Monday, was rapidly closing in on Italy and Spain, the countries with the most fatalities to date at nearly 16,000 and about 12,500 respectively, according to a Reuters tally of official data.
“It’s going to be the peak hospitalization, peak ICU week and unfortunately, peak death week,” Admiral Brett Giroir, a physician and member of the White House coronavirus task force, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.
Admiral Brett Giroir, member of White House coronavirus task force: “Everyone is susceptible to this…Even though we say this is going to be the peak, if we let our foot off the gas & start doing things that are ill-advised, we could have another peak.” https://t.co/5vtdM8bvxV
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