The United States this Saturday exceeded the threshold of 12 million registered cases of covid-19, according to the count carried out by Johns Hopkins University.
The country, the worst hit by the pandemic in absolute numbers, accounted for 12,019,960 cases, according to this reference count, six days after reaching 11 million infections.
The epidemic, which has left more than 255,000 dead in the United States, is in an “exponential” phase in the country, according to health authorities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised Americans on Thursday to suspend travel for Thanksgiving – the biggest family gathering of the year and the one that often breaks traffic records at airports and roads-, which is held next Thursday.
And across the country, local officials had to impose new restrictions to try to curb the spread of the virus.
Among the latest people to contract covid-19 in the environment of President Donald Trump is his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, his spokesman reported on Friday.
The Republican president himself already announced in early October that he had tested positive, as did his wife Melania. Trump was hospitalized for a few days at the Walter Reed Military Hospital outside Washington.
Later, the first lady announced that their son Barron had also contracted the new coronavirus.
Global hopes are now focused on scientific breakthroughs, such as those of the US pharmaceutical group Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, which on Friday applied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine, becoming in the first manufacturers to do so in the United States or Europe.