With the pandemic getting worse, President Biden is expected to announce his coronavirus panel today. France and Italy are continuing record outbreaks and locking down their regions.
The US reported its 10 millionth coronavirus case yesterday , with the last million added in just 10 days, as most of the country struggled to contain outbreaks in the third and most widespread wave of infection since the covid began.
More than 103,600 new cases were announced on Sunday, the fifth-highest total of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database, and the fifth day in a row the country exceeded 100,000 cases in a single day.
Case reports have soared in the last week, shattering records. The seven-day average of new cases now exceeds 111,000 per day, far more than any other country. The United States accounts for about one-fifth of all reported coronavirus cases in the world, a total that has passed 50.2 million. In Europe, which accounts for as much or more of the global number, many countries have imposed restrictions far more severe than the limits in patches of the United States.
With 28 states setting weekly case records, the virus is surging at a worrisome level in more than half the country. Nationwide, hospitalizations have nearly doubled since mid-September, and deaths are slowly increasing again, with few new interventions in place to stop the spiraling outbreak.
On Monday, for the first time in weeks, Vice President Mike Pence will host a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting.
The American surge comes at the approach of a winter holiday season when many people will be considering whether to travel and attend indoor gatherings with friends and relatives — situations where the risk of virus transmission is high, public health experts say.