By Peter Macdiarmid The number of people dying from COVID-19 has hit a record high of more than 16,000 in the US, a staggering figure which puts the nation on pace to surpass the previous record of 11,926.
In a new report, the World Health Organisation has estimated that more than a quarter of the US population are in critical condition, with the rest of the population suffering from mild or moderate illness.
The report, which will be published on Monday, is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Bank.
“We are in a critical situation, but it is not clear whether it is due to COVID, or whether it’s due to some other combination of factors, which we don’t have the numbers yet to confirm,” Dr. Eric Holm, chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said at a briefing at the NIH.
Holm said the new figures show that the number of deaths related to COV-19 in the United States is up by nearly 10% from a year ago, to more than 3,500.
Holm added that the overall mortality rate has been going down.
In some parts of the country, there are signs that the numbers are falling as well.
The number who died from COV on Friday in South Carolina was down by a third from last week.
There were also fewer deaths reported in New York City, the city with the largest COVID outbreak, which was still seeing about 2,000 deaths a day.
While Holm noted that COVID was still the top killer of people in the country and that it is still killing people, he said the increase in the number who are in good health and living with the virus was a sign that the health system was responding.
“It is important to note that we don�t know if it is because of the coronavirus, or if it�s because of some combination of the factors that we have not yet identified,” he said.
While there have been more than 100,000 people diagnosed with COVID in the U.S. so far, only 5,000 have died.
Of those, about 2.5 million have been treated, according to the CDC.
The remaining 7,000 cases have not been confirmed, and the government has not yet released any data on how many of those people are still alive.
According to a recent CDC report, nearly 50% of the COVID deaths in the past six months are among people aged 60 or older.
The U.K. is facing a similar situation, with more than 2,700 people dying of COVID since October.
The UK is also facing an unprecedented spike in COVID cases in the first six months of this year.
According the BBC, the coronivirus is killing more people than any other infectious disease, and this is largely due to a surge in cases in older people.