NBC News reports:
The United States has recorded a quarter-million Covid-19 deaths, the latest NBC News numbers showed Wednesday, and the death rate has been accelerating in recent weeks as cases have been surging across the country. The 250,000th death was logged Wednesday morning, the data revealed.
In the last four weeks there has been a 42 percent increase in the number of fatalities, from a weekly average of 821 per day in early October to last week’s average of 1,167 fatalities per day, according to an NBC News analysis of the available data.
n addition to deaths, the U.S. leads the world with 11.4 million Covid-19 infections, the NBC News figures showed. The grim numbers were piling up as President Donald Trump continued to balk at conceding the election to President-elect Joe Biden.
At this rate, coronavirus is killing at least one American every minute of the day. At least 1,707 new Covid-19 deaths were reported Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s the highest daily death toll since May 14.
And it’s only going to get worse, said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine.
“The horrible death count that we saw yesterday in the United States … reflects the number of people who were being infected three weeks ago — two to three weeks ago, because that’s the lag,” Reiner said Wednesday.