On Thursday, the CDC announced the death toll from the coronavirus that is now sweeping the country has now surpassed 1.8 million, which is the largest single-day death toll in history.
The news comes just hours after the World Health Organization said the number of deaths from COVID had dropped to more than 1.6 million, down from 1.9 million in early December.
On Thursday, CDC Director Tom Frieden said the toll has declined to about 5 million.
“That’s a good start,” Dr. Frieden told reporters.
“There’s still a lot of work to do.”
The death toll for the virus continues to decline as the CDC is seeing fewer new cases and more people returning to the home where they live.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expecting to get about 300,000 new cases from the pandemic in the coming weeks.
In some areas, particularly in the West, the death rate from the virus is still well below 1.5 per 100,000 people.
In other places, like the Middle East, the rate is around 3.4 per 100.
The pandemic has had its toll on the economy as well.
The U.S. economy shrank by 0.7% in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the latest figures from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, the highest since the recession ended in 2009.
Frieden called the slow recovery in the United States “a real setback.”
“The United States is in the midst of a recession.
It is an economic disaster.
The country is not doing well,” he said.