ABSTRACT: US sets new record for daily COVID-19 cases with total topping 12 million

This November 20, 2020 image shows residents waiting in line outside a Costco Warehouse in Los Angeles, the United States. The United States reported more than a million new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, a 26 percent increase from the previous week, according to the latest data from the COVID Tracking Project. (Xinhua / Str)

WASHINGTON, Nov.21 (Xinhua) – The United States reported a new record of nearly 200,000 daily COVID-19 infections on Friday, while the total number of confirmed cases surpassed 12 million on Saturday.

The country has recorded more than 12,059,686 cases with more than 255,800 related deaths as of Saturday night, according to a real-time count conducted by Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 192,673 new cases and 1,885 new deaths were recorded in the United States on Friday, according to data updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday.

The new daily case count broke the previous world record set by the country the day before, pushing the 7-day average daily increase to an all-time high of 164,850 cases.

It also marks the 13th consecutive day that the increase in daily cases in the United States exceeded 100,000.

The new death toll brought the 7-day average daily increase to 1,434, the highest since mid-May.

There are currently more than 82,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the country, a record since the start of the pandemic in the US, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

The record number of cases and hospitalizations put unusual pressure on America’s health systems. Health experts worry that hospitals are short of supplies in most states.

The United States continues to be the nation hardest hit by the pandemic, representing more than 20 percent of the world total in both the number of positive cases and the number of deaths.

As Thanksgiving approaches, the CDC advises Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving next week, as the country continues to see the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.

“Traveling can increase your likelihood of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Delaying travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year,” the CDC said in a new guide posted on its website at earlier this week.

“Meetings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of contracting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” reads the guideline.

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