The U.S. coronavirus case count surged above 10 million on Monday, as infections, hospitalizations and deaths spike across the country and officials predicted more infections as the weather drives activities indoors.
The milestone, based on a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, comes as the U.S. over the weekend set new records for daily number of cases and more than 1,000 deaths. The 10 millionth case comes less than two weeks after the country logged its 9 millionth positive test.
The U.S. leads the world in Covid-19 fatalities, with 238,000 deaths. Hospitalizations are continuing to climb with more than more than 55,800 people admitted as of Sunday, roughly 22,000 more than a month ago.
Global cases are above 50 million, with India and Brazil following the U.S. with 8.5 million and 5.6 million cases, respectively.
The 10 millionth U.S. case was logged as President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced a Covid-19 task force to help coordinate his administration’s pandemic response and warned the pandemic is likely to worsen this winter. He encouraged Americans to wear masks and continue social distancing, noting a vaccine won’t be widely available for “many months yet to come.”
Biden’s transition website stated his new administration would “implement mask mandates nationwide by working with governors and mayors and by asking the American people to do what they do best: step up in a time of crisis.” It said Biden will call on governors to order mask usage, reinforced by “local authorities” with a similar mandate.