The United States, where the coronavirus pandemic has resumed with a vengeance, on Saturday crossed the 12 million mark of COVID-19 cases, according to continuously updated figures from Johns Hopkins University.
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The country, the most affected in the world in absolute terms, had 12,019,960 cases on Saturday, according to this benchmark count. This million new infections were recorded in less than a week.
The epidemic, which has killed more than 255,000 people, is in “exponential” phase in the United States, according to health authorities.
Americans have been urged not to travel on Thanksgiving, November 26, America’s largest family holiday, when attendance records are traditionally broken at airports and on the roads.
And across the country, local officials have had to resolve to impose new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
The president himself announced in early October that he had tested positive, as had his wife Melania. He had been hospitalized for a few days at Walter Reed’s military hospital in the suburbs of Washington.
Later, the First Lady announced that their son Barron had also been infected with the new coronavirus.
A glimmer of hope for the world, the American pharmaceutical group Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Friday asked the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) to authorize their vaccine against COVID-19, the first manufacturers to do so in the United States. United or in Europe.