US records 1million new Covid cases in just six days as 'third wave' surges

The United States has recorded one million new coronavirus cases in just six days, with more than 11 million now infected in a surging third wave of the disease.

Data from Johns Hopkins University showed the acceleration of Covid in the US, with cases going from eight million to nine million in a fortnight, and nine million to 10 million in 10 days. The total sits at 11.038 million as of Monday morning, with 246,224 people killed by Covid-19 across the US.

Johns Hopkins data also shows how the US is now in its third wave of Covid cases surging – with the latest ‘wave’ by far the biggest. Friday saw by far the biggest number of diagnoses in a single day – 177,224 cases, with that record repeatedly broken over the last week.

Daily deaths from coronavirus have averaged 1,100 a day over the last week. Fatalities appear to be climbing again, although are still much lower than the 2,606 people killed on April 15 – the single worst-day of the pandemic in the United States.

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Effective treatments including anti-viral drug remdesivir and widely-available steroid dexamethasone have been credited with helping to lower mortality rates.

President Trump has been accused of mishandling the outbreak, and has repeatedly warned that the US economy cannot be sacrificed to try and stave off the outbreak.

President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to take a ‘bedrock science’ approach to beating Covid when he is sworn into office in January. Two members of his Covid advisory committee have suggested four to six week nationwide lockdowns, which have in-turn been condemned by Americans who fear for their livelihoods.

Meanwhile, two vaccine manufacturers have announced in the last week that their shots offer widespread protection against the virus.

Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc said Monday that its injection is 94.5% effective at preventing coronavirus. That shot has been developed with the help of US government scientists.

And last week Pfizer said its rival vaccine was 90% effective. Vulnerable Americans could start receiving the shots – which both require two injections 28 days apart – as early as December, sparking hopes the virus may be contained by the middle of 2021.

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