The US set a grim new Covid-19 record Thursday — following a week marked by high case numbers — surpassing 120,000 infections in a single day. And it was the second day in a row the country 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.
Thursday saw at least 121,054 new cases nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. There were at least 1,187 reported deaths, a near 20% increase from the same day last week.
TODAY: US records its highest single day total of new coronavirus cases: 121,054 *so far*, per Johns Hopkins University
Top 5 highest single day case counts have all come in the last week 👇
Nov 5: 121,054
Nov 4: 102,831
Oct 30: 99,321
Nov 3: 91,530
Oct 31: 89,126
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 6, 2020