Washington, United States:
The US exceeded 11 million coronavirus cases on Sunday and added a million new cases in less than a week, according to a record from Johns Hopkins University.
The staggering spike came as cities and states in the United States put new restrictions in place to stop the virus from spreading and stay-at-home instructions imposed on Monday in Chicago.
The United States passed the 10 million threshold on Monday, November 9th.
On Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (Monday at 1:30 a.m. GMT) – just six days later – Johns Hopkins University’s real-time tracker showed that the confirmed US case count was 11,025,046.
There have been 246,108 deaths in the country. Both are the absolutely highest tolls in the world.
The U.S. has seen a worrying surge in coronavirus cases since early November, forcing local and state officials from coast to coast to take more drastic measures to reduce the spread of the disease. Many hospitals are already warning that they are running out of resources.
In addition to home-stay orders in Chicago, the country’s third largest city, the largest city – New York, the epicenter of the country’s spring breakout – is rushing to fend off a second wave of new bar and restaurant restrictions.
New York schools will remain open on Monday, despite New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s warning that they could switch to fully remote learning by then.
President Donald Trump on Friday promised the first Americans would receive a vaccine in “a few weeks” but said he remains firmly against new bans – a measure taken in Europe, where cases are also on the rise.
Another complication is Trump’s refusal to help move into the administration of President-elect Joe Biden and the Democrats withheld both federal funding for transitional work and important briefings from outgoing officials.
Democrats and Biden’s chief of staff say this could adversely affect his ability to face the serious and growing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic once he takes office.
Biden and his team are currently not even allowed to consult with experts like the government’s leading immunologist, Anthony Fauci, who is still part of the White House’s Covid-19 task force.
“Of course, it would be better” if such talks could begin, Fauci told CNN on Sunday, noting that the virus could kill tens of thousands more Americans by the time Biden took office on Jan. 20.
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