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Adm. Brett Giroir, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on Sunday that the growing number of hospital admissions related to COVID-19 was “very significant”, and warned that there would be an increase in deaths from spikes in cases.

“We expect hospital admissions to continue to rise,” Giroir told ABC News this week. “More hospitalizations mean more Americans will die from the virus” in the next two or three weeks before it turns around. ”

Giroir said the overall mortality rate should remain lower than it was during the initial increase in cases in March and April because doctors know more about the care of COVID-19 patients and have seen benefits from the drug’s strap derivatives. “Even if the death, if you get it, goes down, your chances of survival are much better, we expect the deaths to increase.”

Many of the states that saw an increase in cases were among the first to lift restrictions intended to slow the spread of the virus. President Donald Trump and others who claimed that the closures had excessive financial costs cited the declining number of coronavirus deaths as evidence that the restrictions were unnecessary. Experts warned that deaths were a family indicator and would increase in the coming weeks, and the number of daily deaths began to rise for the first time in months.

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“It picks up continuously. And it picks up when you’d expect it,” William Hanage, a Harvard University researcher on infectious diseases, told the Associated Press.

He was optimistic that the steps taken in the states that saw large increases in the number of infected would stop the spread, “but we will not reap the benefits for it in a few weeks.”

Giroir, which oversees the country’s coronavirus testing efforts, said the United States is in a “better place” to respond to the outbreak, as expanded testing is rapidly identifying “hot spots” where the virus is spreading.

“This is not without control, but it requires a lot of effort. And everyone has to do their part,” Giroir said. The keys to stopping the spread were closing bars, limiting restaurant capacity, washing hands, physically distancing oneself and wearing masks.

“For this to work, we must have as many as 90% of people wearing a mask in public in the hot areas. If we do not have it, we will not have control over the virus,” Giroir said.

Asked whether states should consider reintroducing lockdowns, Giroir said: “You know, everything should be on the table.”

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