United States broke their own worldwide record by surpassing the highest number of coronavirus in a single day – 121,054 new cases.
It was a second day in a row that the nation reported more than 100,000 infections.
Health experts had warned weeks ago that the nation’s daily cases would reach six digits, but those alarming figures hit sooner than expected. And Covid-19’s death toll could reach 266,000 by the end of November, according to an ensemble forecast published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There were at least 1,187 reported deaths, a near 20% increase from the same day last week.
As the US continues to shatter daily case records, so too do states across the nation: Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin are among those that set new daily records for infections on Thursday.
In just 10 months, more than 9.6 million people in the US have been infected with coronavirus, and more than 234,000 have died. Hospitalizations are also surging nationwide, with more than 53,000 people hospitalized with coronavirus on Thursday.
As the pandemic continues to escalate, some officials are enacting new rules to try to control the virus’ spread.