The United States has reached a milestone Wednesday, with a report showing that 250,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 – even more gut-wrenching is data revealing that the number is growing.
According to reporting by NBC News, in the last month, fatalities from the virus have increased by 42 percent per day and the average fatality per day is 1,167.
The U.S. tops the world case number at 11.4 million cases.
There is hope on the way with positive news regarding a vaccine, but distribution is still not set to begin for another month and widespread distribution may be months away.
In an internal report obtained Tuesday by NBC News, the White House coronavirus task force warned there is “now aggressive, unrelenting, expanding broad community spread across the country, reaching most counties, without evidence of improvement but rather, further deterioration.”
President Trump continues to pursue legal battles alleging voter fraud, and refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, making the transition and transfer of coronavirus information all the more difficult to tackle.
Vice President Mike Pence leads the coronavirus task force, but without the president’s concession, Biden’s COVID-19 team has yet to access all of the information needed to take over the job on January 20, Inauguration Day.
“Our team cannot communicate with them,” Dr. David Kessler, a member of Biden’s advisory committee, said. “The sooner the Biden transition team can meet with officials working on these questions, the more seamlessly the transition will be the American people.”