WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 90,000 people in the United States may die from COVID-19 in the next three weeks, according to the latest projections of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The new forecast predicts that 16,200 to 29,600 new deaths will likely be reported in the week ending Feb. 6. A total of 440,000 to 477,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.
As of Friday afternoon, the country has recorded nearly 23.4 million cases with over 390,100 related deaths, according to the real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
According to the CDC projection, the country may witness nearly 90,000 new COVID-19 deaths over the next 21 days.
States reported 23,259 COVID-19 deaths this week, 25 percent more than in any other week since the pandemic began, according to The COVID Tracking Project.
Arizona has the worst per-capita new case numbers in the world.
More than 38,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the new year, said a CNN report.
According to the tracking project, in the first week of 2021, nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities reported 6,423 COVID-19 deaths among staff and residents and 67,271 new cases.
"This is the highest number of deaths and the second-highest weekly case number in our dataset," said a report of the tracking project.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States has risen for 16 weeks, throughout the fall and then straight through the data disruptions around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day, said the tracking project.
Currently, nearly 129,000 people are hospitalized with the virus, according to the tracking project.
Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, recorded nearly 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in one week as the disease is "running rampant," local health officials said on Thursday.
It is estimated that more than 3 million residents in the county have been infected with the COVID-19, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The astonishing estimate, based on scientific modeling, means that one in three Los Angeles County residents have been infected with the coronavirus.