U.S. becomes first nation to cross 10 million COVID-19 cases

U.S. becomes first nation to cross 10 million COVID-19 cases
The grim US milestone came on the same day as global coronavirus cases exceeded 50 million. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The United States became the first country in the world since the coronavirus pandemic began to surpass 10 million coronavirus infections, as the third wave of the COVID-19 cases surges across the nation, according to a Reuters tally on Sunday,

The grim U.S. milestone came on the same day as global coronavirus cases exceeded 50 million.

In the past 10 days, the United States has reported about a million cases, the highest rate of infections since the nation reported its first novel coronavirus case in Washington state 293 days ago.

On Saturday, the country reported a record 131,420 COVID-19 cases and has reported over 100,000 infections four times in the past seven days, a Reuters tally shoes.

The U.S. latest reported seven-day average of 105,600 daily cases, ramped up by at least 29%, is more than the combined average for France and India, two of the worst affected countries in Europe and Asia.

More than 237,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the illness since it first emerged in China late last year.

The daily average of reported new deaths in the U.S. account for one in every 11 deaths reported worldwide each day, Reuters reported.

On Saturday, the number of reported deaths nationwide climbed by more than 1,000 for a fifth consecutive day, a trend last seen in mid-August.

Experts say deaths tend to increase four to six weeks after a surge in infections.

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