On Saturday, when President-Elect Joe Biden formally defeated his opponent Donald Trump, the United States set a new record for the number of coronavirus cases reported in a single day.
According to the Washington Post, 134,377 new COVID 19 cases were reported in the United States on Saturday. The virus also killed 1,147 people that day.
Saturday was also the fourth consecutive day in which the U.S. beat its record for individual cases, with more than 100,000 cases reported on each of those days.
On Friday, 128,045 new coronavirus cases were reported, a number that surpassed Thursday’s record of 116,707 new cases.
On Wednesday, more than 100,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported for the first time, a day after millions of Americans went to the polls to participate in the 2020 presidential election.
The numbers are rising as President-elect Biden prepares to take office amid a pandemic that has killed more than 237,000 people in the United States.
The number of viral infections in the U.S. since the outbreak began earlier this year is approaching 10 million, according to a ranking by Johns Hopkins University.
In his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday night, Biden said the “fight to control the virus” would be a priority when he took office.
“People, our work begins with bringing COVID under control,” he said. “We can’t repair the economy, restore our vitality, or enjoy life’s most precious moments by hugging our grandchildren, our children, our birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that mean the most to us, until we get it under control.
Biden, who during the presidential campaign often denounced President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, added that his administration’s response will be led by scientists and experts.
He said he intends to announce a coronavirus task force as early as Monday.
“On Monday, I will appoint a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to help develop the plan presented by Biden-Harris and turn it into an action plan that will begin on January 20, 2021,” Biden said.
“This plan will build on the scientific foundation. It will be built on compassion, empathy and concern. I will spare no effort, none, and I will make no commitment to reverse this pandemic.
Biden’s 12-member Task Force will be led by three co-chairs – former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University, Axios first reported.