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US adds 1m Covid-19 cases in less than a week

  • Published at 11:23 am November 16th, 2020
File photo: A vendor sells food near Washington Square Park, as the global outbreak of the Covid-19 continues, in New York City on November 14, 2020 Reuters

There have been 246,108 deaths in the country

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 dizzying rise came as cities and states across the United States were implementing new restrictions to try to halt the spread of the virus, with stay-at-home orders set to be imposed on Chicago Monday.

The US had crossed the 10 million case threshold on Monday, November 9.

As of 8:30 pm Sunday (0130 GMT Monday) -- 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 on Friday 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.

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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.

Covid-19 restrictions

On Sunday, Michigan and Washington state imposed sweeping new restrictions on gatherings, including halting indoor restaurant service.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered a ban on in-person high school and college classes as well as indoor dining service for three weeks starting on Wednesday as increasingly cold weather drives people indoors where the virus can spread more easily.

She banned public events at concert halls, casinos, movie theaters, skating rinks and other venues, while in-home gatherings will be limited to 10 people from no more than two households.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, announced a one-month ban on indoor services at restaurants and gyms, and a reduction of in-store retail capacity to 25%.

Indoor gatherings would be prohibited outside of one's household and outdoor gatherings would be limited to five people in Washington state under Inslee's order.

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