The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 12 million Saturday amid a third wave of infections that is anticipated to be exacerbated in the coming winter months.
A database run by The New York Times showed the case total surpassing 12 million less than a week after the total number of cases hit 11 million, underscoring the rapidity with which the highly infectious virus is spreading. The weekly average of new cases has exceeded 100,000 for the past two weeks, and daily case counts routinely approach 200,000.
The virus has spread more quickly in recent days than in past weeks, with the country taking over two weeks to go from 8 million to 9 million cases, 10 days to go from 9 million to 10 million and just six days to go from 10 million to 11 million cases.
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