What you need to know:
- As the US nears an average of 200,000 Covid-19 cases a day, experts say “behavior and cold weather” are behind the current surge gripping the country.
- Around 33 million California residents are now under new stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the virus’ spread.
- Meanwhile, Britain’s health care providers are gearing up to start giving the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
As the US nears an average of 200,000 Covid-19 cases a day, experts say “behavior and cold weather” are behind the current surge gripping American communities.
Health experts have long warned that the holiday season would bring a spike in coronavirus cases as people increasingly gather indoors. As of Sunday, the US averaged 196,233 new cases over the last week, another record high, according to a CNN analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
More than 14.7 million confirmed cases have been reported in the US since the pandemic began, and more than 282,310 people have died.
And with the recent spike in cases, record hospitalizations have followed. On Sunday, 101,487 patients were in the hospital with the virus, the fifth consecutive day the US surpassed 100,000 hospitalizations.
Only a week after millions traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday, the US has still not seen the full effects of a potential surge of infections fueled by the gatherings.
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