The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States on Saturday surpassed 12 million, according to Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard.
The world's largest economy currently has 12,019,960 COVID-19 cases and 255,414 people succumbed to death, both by far the worst global tolls. The new toll comes just six days after the U.S. crossed the 11-million case threshold.
Health authorities have urged people to stay at their homes for next week's Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel from coast to coast to be with their families.
New York City has shut down its schools, while California began imposing a 10:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew from Saturday. Chicago has been under stay at home orders since Monday.
Almost every state in the country is reporting a rapid surge in cases and nationwide numbers have been climbing much faster than ever before.
On Friday, more than 195,000 new infections were reported, the country's highest for a single day, and far beyond what the nation was seeing just weeks ago.
The highest number of single-day cases during the country's summer surge was a little more than 77,100 in July, Johns Hopkins University data shows.
The United States on Friday also recorded its highest number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals on a given day: just over 82,100, according to the COVID Tracking Project.