Coronavirus: U.S. tops 12 million positive cases

The United States topped another milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, with more than 12 million positive cases.

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As of Saturday afternoon, the U.S. total stood at 12,019,960, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker. The worldwide total stood at 57,932,313.

The death toll in the U.S. continued to rise, with 255,414 fatalities as of Saturday afternoon. Worldwide, there are 1,377,978 deaths.

There have been more than 1 million new positive cases in less than a week and 2 million over the past 12 days, CNN reported.

Six states have at least 10,000 COVID-19 deaths, with New York leading with 34,287. Texas (20,751), California (18,654), Florida (17,889), New Jersey (16,746), Illnois (11,951) and Massachusetts (10,469), according to Johns Hopkins.

Pennsylvania and Georgia are closing in on 10,000 deaths.

Governors across the country have renewed mask mandates and limits on social gatherings in a bid to fight the virus.

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, seven governors: J.B. Pritzker (D-Illinois), Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana), Andy Beshear (R-Kentucky), Gretchen Witmer (D-Michigan), Tim Walz (D-Minnesota), Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and Tony Evers (D-Wisconsin) said Americans need to work together to curb the spread of the virus.

“Right now, cases and hospitalizations are skyrocketing in the Midwest and across the country,” they wrote. “As the weather gets colder and more people head inside, it will get worse. It is more important than ever that we double down on mask-wearing and physical distancing to help more people get through the winter and protect those on the front lines of this crisis — our doctors, nurses, grocery store workers and truck drivers.”

The governors went on to urge people to stay home for Thanksgiving.

“If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, we urge you to reconsider,” they wrote. “As hard as it will be to not see them this Thanksgiving, imagine how much harder it would be if their chairs are empty next year.”

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