The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has topped 50 million, nearly a fifth of which come from the United States.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. leads the world in cases with India and Brazil following closely behind. However, cases in Europe are surging as well which has led to lockdown restrictions being reintroduced in several countries.
More than 1.25 million people, including over 230,000 in the U.S., have died during the pandemic which has lasted nearly a year.
Currently in the U.S., cases are rising in 27 states, bringing U.S. cases near levels seen during spring and summer surges, leading to a 57% increase in cases in the last two weeks, especially in the midwest, southwest and Great Plains states. Deaths from coronavirus are also rising in more than half of the states. The U.S. has recorded more than 100,000 new cases for the third straight day and more than 1,000 deaths for the fourth straight day, with no signs of slowing down.
President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a new coronavirus task force on Monday which is expected to be headed by former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, former FDA commissioner David Kessler and Yale med school professor and public health and management expert Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.
“Our work begins with getting COVID under control,” Biden said Saturday night during his victory speech.
“I will spare no effort, none, or any commitment to turn around this pandemic,” Biden added.
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