United States Records Over 12 Million COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Rises

United States Records Over 12 Million COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Rises

The United States registers more than 12 million cases of COVID-19
Doctors transport a patient through heavy rain to an ambulance at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, USA. March 7, 2020. REUTERS / David Ryder

The United States recorded more than 12 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with prospects for the number to rise.

Nigeria online news learned that more than 12,010,000 cases of the coronavirus were reported, according to a Reuters tally of public health data.

Worldometers.info, which also tracks infections, estimated 12,446,070 cases with 261,787 deaths.

On Saturday, worldometers reported 168,243 infections, in the last 24 hours, another world record.

The new figures capped a series of days with record infections, with the Midwest experiencing one of the most dramatic increases in cases per capita.

The COVID-19 epidemic has claimed more lives in the United States, more than in any other country, between 255,000 and 262,000 deaths.

Friday marked another milestone in the United States, with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported: 196,815 infections in one day. It is a world record.

The recent escalation has prompted more than 20 states to impose sweeping restrictions this month to curb the virus.

Reuters data shows that the pace of new infections in the US has accelerated, with nearly a million more cases recorded in the past 6 days before the latest record.

This compares with the 8 days it took to go from 10 million cases to 11 million, and the 10 days it took to go from 9 million to 10 million.

There are fears over the weekend that the virus will spread further as more than 1 million people flew through US airports on Friday.

It was the second busiest day for domestic air traffic since the pandemic began, despite pleas from health officials for Americans to stay home.

Health officials have warned that the rising tide of infections could soon overwhelm the health system.

This will be inevitable if people do not follow public health guidelines, particularly in regards to not traveling and mingling with other households for the traditional celebration of Thanksgiving on Thursday.

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