The United States surpassed 12 million cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, according to real-time monitoring from Johns Hopkins University.
The world’s largest economy currently has 12,019,960 cases and 255,414 deaths, both by far the world’s worst tolls. The new toll comes just six days after the United States crossed the 11 million case threshold.
Cases have increased in the United States at an alarming rate, forcing many cities to re-impose punitive lockdowns.
Health officials have urged people to stay at home for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, when Americans typically travel from coast to coast to be with their families.
New York has closed schools for its 1.1 million students, while California has started imposing a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew starting Saturday.
Chicago – the third largest city in the United States – has been the subject of stay-at-home orders since Monday.
President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr announced on Friday that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was in quarantine.
His positive test follows infections in a slew of others linked to the White House, including his father, who was hospitalized, President Melania’s wife and Trump’s youngest son, Barron.
President Trump’s administration has come under heavy criticism for its response to the pandemic and for downplaying the dangers.
On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden expressed frustration at Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the White House transition process, saying “more people could die” from the coronavirus without immediate coordination to fight the pandemic.
There is a new sign of hope, however: US biotech giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced on Friday that they would seek approval to deploy their coronavirus vaccine early.
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