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10 things you need to know today: December 5, 2020

The U.S. has seen more than 275,000 people die of COVID-19 as of Friday, with cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the virus all reaching record highs across the country. This week alone, 12 states and Puerto Rico hit daily death records, and states that saw surges early in the pandemic are on the rise again. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top coronavirus expert, warned Thursday that the U.S. hasn’t even seen its expected post-Thanksgiving case surge yet. While vaccine developments could bring an end to the pandemic next year, researchers predict at least 470,000 people will die of COVID-19 in the U.S. by March 1. Anywhere from 9,500 to 19,500 people are projected to die of the virus the week of Christmas alone. [Axios, The New York Times]

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