The US has seen a worrying surge in coronavirus cases since the start of November, forcing local and state officials from coast to coast to take more drastic steps to reduce the disease's spread. AFP/Mark Brown
WASHINGTON - The US surpassed 11 million coronavirus cases on Sunday, adding one million new cases in less than a week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The US had crossed the 10 million case threshold on Monday, 9 November.
As of 8:30pm Sunday -- just six days later -- the Johns Hopkins University real-time tracker showed that the confirmed US caseload stood at 11,025,046.
There have been 246,108 deaths in the country. Both are the highest tolls in absolute terms in the world.
The US has seen a worrying surge in coronavirus cases since the start of November, forcing local and state officials from coast to coast to take more drastic steps to reduce the disease's spread, with many hospitals already warning that they are running out of resources.
In addition to the stay-at-home orders in Chicago, the country's third-biggest city, its biggest -- New York, the epicentre of the country's spring outbreak -- is also rushing to fend off a second wave with new restrictions on bars and restaurants.
New York schools will remain open on Monday, even though New York City mayor Bill de Blasio had warned that they could switch to fully remote learning by then.
President Donald Trump promised that the first Americans would start receiving a vaccine in "a matter of weeks," but said he remained firmly against new lockdowns -- a measure taken in Europe, where cases are also on the upswing.
Further complicating matters is Trump's refusal to cooperate in the shift to President-elect Joe Biden's administration, denying the Democrat both federal funding for transition work and vital briefings by outgoing officials.
Democrats and Biden's chief of staff say this could have a damaging impact on his ability to face the grave and mounting challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic once he assumes office.
Biden and his team currently are not even allowed to consult with experts like top government immunologist Anthony Fauci, who is still a part of the White House COVID-19 task force.