US virus cases cross 11 million

Roshan Abraham and Seerat Gupta
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The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has crossed the 11-million mark, reaching yet another grim milestone as a third wave of infections surges across the country.

Data shows the pace of the pandemic has quickened, with one million more new cases from just eight days ago, making it the fastest since the pandemic began.

This compares with 10 days it took to get from 9 to 10 million and 16 days it took to reach 9 million from 8 million cases.

The US crossed 10 million COVID-19 cases on November 8 and has easily reported more than 100,000 daily cases for the past 11 days straight.

The latest 7-day average, shows more than 144,000 daily cases and 1120 daily deaths, the highest for any country in the world.

Texas and California have reported the highest number of COVID-19 infections, together accounting for about 2.1 million cases or about 19 per cent of the total cases since the pandemic began.

As COVID-related hospitalisations crossed 69,000 on Saturday, president-elect Joe Biden's top advisers warned local healthcare systems are at a tipping point.

The Midwest remains the hardest-hit region based on cases per capita with North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska the top five worst-affected US states.

Illinois, which has emerged as the pandemic's new epicentre in the region as well as across the country, reported a record 15,433 new cases on Friday, the most of any state in a 24-hour period, surpassing the previous all-time high of 15,300 set by Florida in July.

Several states this week reimposed restrictions to curb the spread of the virus across the nation.

North Dakota became the latest to require face coverings in public, as it joins 39 other states this month in reporting record daily jumps in new cases.

State governors urged residents to stay home as much as possible, including Nevada Democrat Steve Sisolak, who said late on Friday he became the fourth governor to become infected with the virus.

The United States accounts for about 20 per cent of more than 54 million global cases and close to 19 per cent of the 1.31 million deaths reported worldwide.