The United States became the first nation in the world since the pandemic topped 10 million coronavirus infections, according to a Reuters tally on Sunday, as the third wave of the COVID-19 virus spiked across the country.
The grim milestone came the same day that coronavirus cases worldwide topped 50 million.
The United States has reported about a million cases in the past 10 days, the highest rate of infection since the first novel coronavirus case was reported in Washington state 293 days ago.
The country reported a record 131,420 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and has reported over 100,000 infections four times in the past seven days, according to a Reuters tally.
The 7-day average of 105,600 cases per day last reported in the US, up by at least 29%, is above the combined average for India and France, two of the worst-hit countries in Asia and Europe.
More than 237,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the disease caused by the coronavirus emerged in China late last year.
The daily average of new deaths reported in the United States is one in every 11 deaths reported worldwide every day, according to a Reuters analysis.
The number of deaths reported nationwide rose more than 1,000 for a fifth straight day on Saturday, a trend that was last seen in mid-August, according to a Reuters tally.
Health experts say deaths usually increase four to six weeks after infections rise.
US President-elect Joe Biden, who had spent much of his election campaign criticizing President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, promised on Saturday that fighting the pandemic will be a top priority.
Biden will announce a 12-person task force on Monday to address the pandemic, led by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration David Kessler. The coronavirus task force will be tasked with developing a draft to contain the disease once Biden takes office in January.
The Midwest remains the hardest hit region in terms of the highest number of cases per capita, with North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska being the five worst-hit US states.
Illinois became the new epicenter in the Midwest. According to Reuters data, the state reported over 60,000 COVID-19 infections in the past seven days, the highest in the country. The state reported more than 12,454 new cases on Saturday, the highest number in a day to date.
Texas, which accounts for 10% of all US cases, is the hardest hit state and was the first to top one million coronavirus cases in the US on Saturday.
According to a Reuters analysis, the South region accounts for nearly 43% of all 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 remains the state with the highest death toll, with over 33,000 deaths, accounting for about 14% of all deaths in the United States.
The United States performed approximately 10.5 million coronavirus tests in the first seven days of November, 6.22% of which were positive, compared with 6.17% in the previous seven days. This is based on data from the COVID Tracking Project, which was carried out by volunteers tracking the outbreak.
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