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The United States passed A total of 11 million coronavirus cases on Sunday, and the number of cases has now risen to over 12 million. New daily cases are nearing 200,000: the country recorded more than 198,500 on Friday, a record.
As the nation looks to a season of winter vacation travel and leisurely indoor gatherings, new cases are reported in a relentless clip. According to a New York Times database, the seven-day average has exceeded 100,000 cases a day for the past two weeks.
The latest virus flood accelerated across large parts of the country in mid-October. It took a little over two weeks for the nation to transition from eight million to nine million cases on October 30. The change from nine to ten million took only ten days. From 10 million to 11 million took just under seven days.
Despite almost daily records for both new cases and hospital stays, there remains a bipartisan reluctance to issue the sweeping stay-at-home orders observed in the earliest days of the pandemic. In their place, officials put in 10 p.m. Curfews, school closings and the announcement of lengthy mask mandates.
In Illinois, residents received a warning on their phones on Friday evening that was once considered apocalyptic: “Starting today, all of Illinois is entering Tier 3 damage control. If possible, work from home, avoid unnecessary travel and celebrate the holidays virtually with the extended family. “The state averaged For the past week, there have been more than 12,000 cases per day and just a few dozen I.C.U. in some regions of the state. Beds.
However, citizens’ determination is weakening.
And while families are pondering whether to gather for Thanksgiving, the headlines have hit the headlines for hour-long queues for tests, overwhelmed hospital systems, and demand for additional refrigerated morgues.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged Americans to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving and only celebrate with members of their immediate households. It remains unclear whether many families in the United States will change their vacation plans, despite requests from government officials and public health experts.
“It won’t be long before we can hug, eat together, and become a distant memory this year,” wrote Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, an internist, for NPR. “I beg you, don’t let this Thanksgiving Day be your last.”
The records fall at a time of great political tension. President Trump has refused to admit his loss, while largely ceding the fight against the virus to state and local governments that continue to go their own way, and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is vainly pleading for the transition to begin and warns If you do not do this, it will cost your life.
Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the Trump administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, has given dire reviews urging Americans to “increase their vigilance” while waiting for a vaccine to be approved.
She pleaded with Americans on Thursday to practice social distancing and wear masks.
National rhetoric is slowing down. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, announced a statewide mask mandate this week after months of insisting that it was an unenforceable “feel good measure”. Iowa has the sixth highest rate of new cases in the nation.
“If Iowans don’t get involved, we’ll lose,” Ms. Reynolds said, warning that the hospital system could collapse. “The cost of human life will be high.”