The United States has officially surpassed 10 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday (November 9), having recorded close to 600,000 new infections in the last five days.
It is an unprecedented rate of spread, according to statistics from the John Hopkins University (JHU), as the country saw its fifth-consecutive daily infection totals well past 100,000—the virus is circulating faster than at any other period of the American outbreak.
Across 42 states, new COVID-19 cases have spiralled by at least 10 per cent this past week, the JHU indicated, with Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, Texas and Indiana being the hardest-hit.
A great deal of concern in the faltering response to the coronavirus rises still, even amid the jubilations for Saturday’s election results, since the US hit a record of 132,797 new cases on Friday.
The US has roughly 10.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, over 30 per cent of which are active infections.
More than 243,000 people have died from coronavirus-related complications in America, while another 6.84 million patients have made a full recovery.
There are currently 56,768 people hospitalised with the virus in the US, according to CNN.
As the number of Americans hospitalised with the virus has increased substantially, experts worry the US heading into the very worst of this pandemic.