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On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci — the United States' top doctor and a leader in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic — addressed the Senate to give a dire warning about the ongoing outbreak.

As it stands right now, the country is reporting about 40,000 new COVID-19 cases every day. And if the government doesn't take strong action to reverse the new surge of infections, Fauci warned that that number could climb much higher, Bloomberg News reports. He suggested that we may see as many as 100,000 new coronavirus cases — in the U.S. alone — every single day.

"The numbers speak for themselves," Fauci said. "I'm very concerned. I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction."

"Clearly we are not in total control right now," he added.

So far, nearly 2.6 million people in the U.S. have caught COVID-19, and more than 129,000 have died from it. That accounts for about one-quarter of both the global case load and death rate. But while many countries have driven down their coronavirus outbreaks, Bloomberg reports that hospitalizations are on the rise in 12 U.S. states.

This isn't the first time that Fauci has warned of how catastrophic the U.S. government's lax approach to the coronavirus pandemic would be. In the past, he said that lifting lockdown too soon would "result in needless suffering and death."

And yet, here we are. Now, if things continue along this trend, Fauci shared a grim warning about the number of people who will die from COVID-19 in the future.

"It is going to be very disturbing, I guarantee you that," he told the Senate.