Excess annual deaths up 300K in 10 month span amid pandemic

Cases of coronavirus are on the rise in 44 states as the U.S. averages 57,000 cases per day and Dr. Fauci said a good vaccine and public health measures can put this behind us.
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Now to more on the coronavirus emergency. The world health organization reporting a stunning 2.4 million new global cases last week alone. Here in the U.S. An internal health and human services memo, ABC news obtained, says 44 states and territories are reporting an increase in cases. Victor Oquendo joins us now from Miami beach, Florida, with more. Good morning, Victor. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. In just one week, the number of new daily cases here in Florida has doubled. This was the one-time epicenter of the pandemic where we lost more than 16,000 lives to the virus. The death toll here and around the world continues to climb. This morning, staggering loss. The world health organization announcing that in the last week alone, 36,000 people have died worldwide due to covid-19. The CDC now saying that the U.S. Saw nearly 300,000 more deaths in the past ten months than what's usually expected annually and that patients hospitalized with covid are five times more likely to die than patients hospitalized with the flu. Hospital workers are overwhelmed. We're human. Our emotions get to us. Sorry. It's just hard to see. Reporter: As the virus is on the rise in 44 states and territories, the U.S. Is now averaging 57,000 new cases a day, the latest white house coronavirus task force report obtained by ABC news shows 31 states in a so-called red zone for cases, up from 26 states the week before. In New Mexico where hospital beds are filling up, the governor announcing more restrictions. Starting Friday retail spaces will begin closing by 10:00 P.M. And state operated museums and historical sites are set to close until further notice. In Houston, Texas, one day after in-person classes began 16 schools closed because of covid cases. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, officials there hoping to slow the spread ordering students at the university of Michigan to stay in place. The health department there saying students make up more than 60% of local cases. In Wisconsin, where case rate positivity numbers and hospitalizations are all on the rise Carmen is in need of a double lung transplant. Left with permanent lung damage after contracting the virus and spending 45 case on a ventilator. This coronavirus attacked me in every way possible that it could. Literally on 100% oxygen, which is even more challenging. Reporter: We're all watching the numbers here very closely. But just yesterday Florida's governor said that whatever the future may hold, closing schools should be off the table. Victor, thank you.

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