US coronavirus cases go beyond 10 million, the highest in the world

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The United States now holds the world record of having the most number of coronavirus infections, surpassing any country in the world.
  • According to The Washington Post, The COVID Tracking Project reports that the US is averaging over 111,000 new cases a day which exceeds cases reported from other countries worldwide.
  • Additionally, nearly 133,000 new cases identified on Friday was the country’s highest number of cases in a single day.

The United States reaches a grim milestone on Monday as the nation’s COVID-19 infection rates exceed 10 million despite experts’ warnings of a second and third wave of coronavirus cases this fall and winter. 

According to a tally from the Washington Post, the US averages more than 111,000 new cases per day which is way higher than any other country. On Friday, the almost 133,000 new cases were reportedly the country’s highest number of cases in a single day.

US cases started rising in September before climbing rapidly over the succeeding weeks. Hospitalizations soared as well with 57,000 people confined in hospitals as of Sunday, says The COVID Tracking Project. The number of deaths is also beginning to spike, according to the project, where in the past seven days, an average of 934 fatalities was identified.

“We all realize our nation is in a critical phase of the pandemic, with significant community spread,” Brett Giroir, the Assistant Secretary for Health, told reporters on Monday via a call.

“Nonetheless, because of the numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise until we rigorously adhere to public health prevention measures,” Giroir added.

Infection cases are widespread across the country particularly in the Midwest and mountain states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska where cases per capita were at its highest.

New cases are also anticipated to follow in the next months as people will likely stay indoors and gather during the holiday season.

Globally, infections have capped the 50 million mark. As per the Johns Hopkins University tracker, India and Brazil are the second and third countries with the most COVID-19 infections at 8.5 million and 5.6 million, respectively. So far, both countries are posting substantially lower numbers of new cases per day than the US, although direct comparisons are challenging due to varying testing strategies.

Source: The HILL

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