• Deaths from COVID-19 have once again climbed to more than 600 per day, CNBC reported.
  • The rise comes after the US smashed through previous records for daily new cases.
  • "This was predictable," Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the network. "We seem to have had difficulty in this country looking a few weeks in advance."
  • The US Centers for Disease Control projects that as many as 160,000 could be dead from COVID-19 by the end of July.
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Deaths from COVID-19 are rising again, CNBC reported Friday, with data from Johns Hopkins University showing the three-day daily average increase to more than 600 fatalities.

"This was predictable," Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the network. "We seem to have had difficulty in this country looking a few weeks in advance."

While deaths are nowhere near the mid-April peak of more than 2,000 a day, the recent uptick is worrying. With the rate of positive coronavirus tests rapidly increasing in Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida especially, it could portend worse to come in the weeks ahead.

"We know the pattern," Levitt told CNBC. "As more people get infected, more people get hospitalized, and ultimately more people die."

Florida has seen COVID-19 deaths jump 35% over the last week, per CNBC's analysis, while Texas has seen its death rate climb by 106%. California has also seen a major increase in fatalities, reporting 29% more this week than last.

At least 133,901 people have died in the US from COVID-19, according to a count by The New York Times. The US Centers for Disease Control projects that number could be as high as 160,000 by the end of July.

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