U.S. surpasses 13 million coronavirus cases
The United States surpassed 13 million confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, marking the fourth time the country has hit a million milestone this month, per NBC News. Overall the U.S. has recorded more than 3.8 million new cases in November, by far the highest of any month since the pandemic began. The total, which is on pace to hit 4 million before the calendar turns to December next week, is nearly double October’s previous monthly high. The virus continues to surge without an epicenter, although NBC News notes Texas and Illinois, two of the country’s most populous states, have been major drivers. Los Angeles County, meanwhile, announced a new, three-week stay-at-home order that will take effect Monday. The order bans gatherings outside of one’s household, but it does not include a full shutdown of non-essential businesses, which can still operate at lower capacity.
[NBC News, The Associated Press]