Covid cases accelerate as the U.S. nears 12 million

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States was on track to surpass 12 million on Saturday, just days ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday that health experts have warned could fuel the surging spread of infection around the country.

On Friday the United States set a new record for COVID-19 cases on Friday - nearly 197,000 infections in a single day.

And Reuters data shows the pace of new infections in the United States has quickened, with nearly one million more cases recorded in just the last 6 days since the country recorded 11 million. This compares with the 8 days it took to clock in the previous million, and the 10 days it took to record a million cases before that.

Health officials have warned that the wave of infections could soon overwhelm the healthcare system if people do not follow public health guidance.