The United States became the first nation worldwide since the pandemic began to surpass 10 million coronavirus infections, according to a Reuters tally on Sunday, as the third wave of the COVID-19 virus surges across the nation.
The grim milestone came on the exact day as worldwide COVID cases surpassed 50 million.
The United States has reported about a million cases in the past 10 days, the highest rate of infections since the nation reported its first novel coronavirus case in Washington state 293 days ago.
The nation reported a record 131,420 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and has reported more than 100,000 diseases four times in the previous seven days, as indicated by a Reuters tally.
The U.S. latest reported a seven-day average of 105,600 daily cases, ramped up by at least 29%, is more than the combined average for India and France, two of the worst affected countries in Asia and Europe.
More than 237,000 Americans have died the bucket of COVID-19 since the disease caused about by the COVID first emerged in China late last year.
The day by day average of reported new deaths in the United States accounts for one in every 11 deaths reported worldwide every day, as per a Reuter’s analysis.
The quantity of detailed deaths cross country moved by more than 1,000 for a fifth consecutive day on Saturday, a trend last seen in mid-August, according to a Reuters tally.
Wellbeing experts say deaths tend to increase four to six weeks after a surge in infections.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who spent a lot of his election campaign criticizing President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, pledged on Saturday to make tackling the pandemic a top priority.
Biden will announce a 12-member task force on Monday to deal with the pandemic that will be led by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler. The coronavirus task force will be charged with developing a blueprint for containing the disease once Biden takes office in January.
The Midwest remains the hardest-hit district based on the most cases per capita with North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska the top five worst-affected U.S. states.
Illinois emerged as the new epicenter in the Midwest, with the state reporting over 60,000 COVID-19 infections in the last seven days, the highest in the country, according to Reuters data. The state reported more than 12,454 new cases on Saturday, the highest single-day number so far.
Texas, which accounts 10% of all-out U.S. cases, is the hardest-hit state and turned into the first to surpass 1,000,000 COVID cases in the United States on Saturday.
According to a Reuters analysis, the South region comprises nearly 43 per cent of all the cases in the United States since the pandemic began, with nearly 4.3 million cases in the region alone, followed by the Midwest, West, and Northeast.
New York, with more than 33,000 fatalities, remains the state with the most noteworthy number of deaths and records for around 14 percent of complete U.S. deaths.
The United States performed about 10.5 million COVID tests in the initial seven days of November, of which 6.22 percent returned positive, contrasted and 6.17 percent the earlier seven-days, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak.
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