He added, “There hasn’t been any new direction, very little effort from the federal government and I think it’s definitely contributing to a national push.”
Daily cases for the country have increased steadily throughout November to record a total of 1,129,463 cases in the past 10 days alone, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, Texas, America’s second most populous state, has recorded 1,010,364 cases since the pandemic began in March and 19,337 deaths.
No other state has reached the figure of 1 m on its own. And New York, which was the world’s worst Covid-19 hotspot during the first cascade of cases in the United States in the spring, which then used restrictions to crush infections, is now seeing rates spike again.
Jha said that “people are tired” of taking precautions, even as warnings abound about family reunions as the fast-growing holidays approach.
He added that with what appears to be the good news that the world is on the verge of approving effective vaccines, all Americans could expect to be vaccinated relatively soon.
“We’re about three to six months away from widespread vaccine availability, people have to hold on… we’re so close to getting past the virus,” he said.
But he warned that in the meantime, Americans must curtail their Thanksgiving plans to the end of November. “It’s a little heartbreaking because it just can’t be a normal Thanksgiving,” he said.
As of Tuesday, there were 111,433 new cases and 590 deaths in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins. This brings the total number of cases for the country to 10,252,129 and the total number of deaths to 239,671.
Hospitalizations have also reached record levels. According to the Covid Tracking Project, a record 62,000 people were hospitalized on Tuesday and 17 states reported one-day records for hospitalizations.
Joe Biden has previously warned that the United States is “facing a very dark winter” and that even with Pfizer’s announcement that it has a vaccine that it estimates 90% effective, 200,000 more lives could be lost in the United States in the coming months.
Experts say cases could increase exponentially in the coming weeks. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and a member of the president-elect’s Covid-19 advisory board, told CNN that daily cases could soon double.
“We are seeing a substantial increase in cases in this country far beyond, I think, what most people believed could happen,” he said, adding: “I won’t be surprised if in the next few weeks, we see over 200,000 new cases per day. “
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has not made any public comment for nearly a week and was playing golf this weekend while his senior public health expert, who sits on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr Anthony Fauci, said he had not spoken to Trump since the president himself had coronavirus and was in hospital early last month.
Trump is baselessly complaining about a fraudulent election on Twitter and his only public outings since Biden was declared the election winner on Saturday morning have been on the golf course.
On Wednesday he was due to pay his respects to fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington DC, despite reports in September that he had previously called the fallen and captured US servicemen “losers” and of “suckers”.
This week, Texas had passed California, which had 989,432 cases on Tuesday, to record the most positive coronavirus tests of any US state.
If it were a country, the state would be ranked 10th in the world for recorded cases, CNN reported.
In El Paso, on the Texas-Mexico border, mobile mortuaries have had to be brought in and field hospitals set up as hospitals are inundated with patients.
El Paso has 1,076 people hospitalized – more coronavirus patients in hospital than most states.
“We refer one patient and there are two who come in,” Wanda Helgesen, executive director of the BorderRAC regional advisory board, told The New York Times.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker pleaded with people to wear masks and not congregate in private homes, saying his condition was “locked in a fight” with Covid-19.
“I know many of us were hoping that we were no longer fighting this deadly pandemic nine months after it emerged. But as winter approaches, we are locked in a fight against the virus, ”he said. tweeted.