A CHRISTMAS coronavirus spike could last approximately 90 days with more daily deaths than 9/11 being recorded every day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield revealed his frightening coronavirus prediction on Thursday, The Hill reported.
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Speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations event, Dr Redfield said: "We are in the timeframe now that probably for the next 60 to 90 days…
"We’re going to have more deaths per day than we had at 9/11 or we had at Pearl Harbor."
He anticipates a continued death toll for weeks to come.
The prediction comes as Covid cases across the US have soared well past 17 million – after recording the deadliest day of the pandemic so far.
The John Hopkins coronavirus map showed the number topple over just after 11am on Thursday.
In addition to the spike in deaths, the number of hospitalizations have reached 113,069.
More than 3,600 deaths were reported on Thursday – making it the fourth time the daily tally has exceeded 3,000 throughout the pandemic.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, all four have occurred in the last week.
In total, the US has seen more than 307,770 fatalities from the virus, with an average of 2,500 deaths a day.
As the coronavirus vaccine has emerged in the US, next week Pfizer is set to deliver approximately 900,000 less doses less than the amount planned to be distributed this week, according to reports.
Meanwhile, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has urged Americans to refrain from seeing their children this Christmas.
Dr Fauci revealed he and his wife will not be getting together with their three adult daughters during the upcoming holidays.
Speaking with the Washington Post's Power Up newsletter, De Fauci said it will be the first Christmas he has not seen his kids since they were born.
The soon-to-be octogenarian explained: "I'm going to be with my wife – period.
"The Christmas holiday is special for us because Christmas Eve is my birthday. And Christmas Day is Christmas Day. And they are not going to come home.
"That's painful. We don't like that.
"But that's just one of the things you're going to accept as we go through this unprecedented challenging time."
The 79-year-old doctor is married to Dr Christine Grady.
Dr Fauci and his wife have three adult daughters: Jennifer 34, Megan, 31, and Alison, 28.
Last week, Dr Fauci opened up about the 32-year-old brother of his daughter's boyfriend – who died of coronavirus despite being "athletic and healthy."
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