Fauci: U.S. 'Not In A Good Place' As Global COVID Deaths Tops One Million

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the United States "is not in a good place" as the global death toll from the virus has topped one million. The United States leads the world in total deaths with more than 200,000, and a number of states are seeing an uptick in new cases and hospitalizations. 

"There are states that are starting to show an uptick in cases and even some increase in hospitalizations in some states," Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, told ABC's Good Morning America. "And I hope not, but we very might well start seeing increases in deaths."

Twenty-three states have reported an uptick in new cases over the past week, while 20 states have remained steady. Seven states reported a decrease in new cases over the past week.

The United States also leads the world with more than seven million cases of coronavirus. Overall the virus has infected more than 33 million people around the world.

The World Health Organization warned that the global death toll could more than double before a vaccine is approved and distributed around the globe. Officials said that we must engage in concerted actions to slow the spread of the virus and hopefully reduce the number of fatalities.

"The real question is are we prepared, collectively, to do what it takes to avoid that number. Are we prepared to fully engage in the surveillance and testing and tracing, in managing our own risks at society and community level?" Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said.

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