Nov 21, 2020 - Health

U.S. surpasses 12 million COVID-19 cases

People wait in line to get tested for Covid-19 at the Ann Street School Covid-19 Testing Center in Newark, New Jersey

People wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at the Ann Street School Testing Center in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. surpassed 12 million coronavirus cases on Saturday, per data from Johns Hopkins University, the second time the country has recorded more than 1 million new cases in less than a week.

Why it matters: The grim milestone comes as the U.S. prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday, when millions of people, despite warnings, planning to travel and gather with family and friends.

By the numbers:

  • More than 12,019,960 confirmed cases had been recorded in the U.S. as of Saturday afternoon, per JHU data. The U.S. hit the 11 million mark last Sunday.
  • The country set yet another record on Friday, recording more than 198,500 new cases, per NYT.
  • More than 255,414 coronavirus-related deaths had been recorded as of Saturday, per Johns Hopkins data.
  • As of Friday, a record 82,178 people were hospitalized with coronavirus, according the COVID Tracking Project.
  • Three states — North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska — reported more than 500 hospitalizations per 1 million people.
  • Of note: "As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we want to note that we expect significant disruptions in state reported data," the COVID Tracking Project tweeted on Friday.

The big picture: As cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus accelerate across the country, more governors and local officials have announced new measures to try and curb the virus' spread.

  • At least 37 states and Washington, D.C., have mandated the use of face masks in public.
  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Monday announced indoor gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, while the state will cap outdoor gatherings at 150 people, starting next week.
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday announced the majority of the state will be under a limited stay-at-home order starting Saturday due to rising coronavirus cases.

Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech said that they applied on Friday for an FDA emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine.

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