LIVE UPDATES: CDC predicts coronavirus deaths may reach 321,000 by mid-December

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said forecasting models predict that a surge in coronavirus deaths could see the country reach as many as 321,000 fatalities in the coming weeks. 

According to the health agency, the country is predicted to reach between 294,000 and 321,000 total coronavirus deaths by Dec. 19. As of Friday, the country had already tallied 263,484 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

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The prediction comes as the agency warned Americans against traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends and to limit gatherings to within the household or under 10. Officials in many regions are now bracing for a spike in cases as thousands flouted those warnings. 

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