U.S. Continues Seeing Record-Breaking Wave of Coronavirus Cases

A record-breaking wave of coronavirus cases continued across the United States on Sunday, and unsettled public health officials and politicians warned of a holiday season filled with increased hospitalizations and deaths.

A surge of cases revealed a snowball effect: It took only 10 days for the country to move from 9 million cases to what is expected to be its 10th million case Monday. By comparison, it took more than three months for the country to go from no cases to 1 million in late April.

Public health officials reacted with dire warnings.

“Down this current path lies [a] continued rapid rise in cases,” Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, wrote in an extended thread on Twitter.

“More people on ventilators. Higher numbers of people dying. More survivors with long term consequences. Hospitals under pressure until they can’t provide care for everyone anymore.”

Good news was hard to find. The country’s seven-day new case average was more than 100,000 for the first time. In five of the past seven days, more than 1,000 deaths were recorded.

On Sunday, more than 107,607 cases were reported.

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SOURCE: SF Gate; The Washington Post, Robert Barnes

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