With 3 million cases and counting, November is already the worst month by far for the U.S.
With a week of November left to go, the United States has already had its highest monthly case total yet, reporting more than 3,075,000 new coronavirus cases since Nov. 1., according to a New York Times database.
By the time the month is over, the final tally could top four million, more than double the number in October.
November’s case total is already larger — by nearly half a million — than the case totals of the first six months of this year combined.
The month’s cases are nearly 2.9 million more than March’s total when many Americans entered lockdown and 2.1 million more than in April. Testing was severely limited in the early days of the U.S. outbreak, and deaths — even those not reported as linked to Covid-19 — were far above normal, so the true caseload is believed to have been far higher.
The surge in cases is hitting the United States as some Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving and bringing social gatherings indoors as the weather cools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned against holiday travel, and some states have renewed lockdowns and restrictions to curb the spread.
The United States is now averaging more than 170,000 new cases per day for the first time, according to the Times database. Saturday was the 16th consecutive day with an average of more than 100,000 new cases per day.
So far, more than 12.2 million cases have been reported in the United States. More than 256,000 people have died.
Here is a look back at monthly case numbers:
November: 3,075,000 (and counting)