In an earlier version, the 57% increase time was incorrectly stated in average cases. it had been two weeks.
A medical worker treats a patient with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on October 31.
The U.S. exceeded 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the fourth straight day, a worrying trend ahead of an expected winter resurgence.
At least 126,156 new COVID-10 cases with 1,013 new deaths were reported on Saturday, according to the New York Times coronavirus tracker. The daily total of new cases is just below the record of 132,797 cases reported on Friday, according to the Times.
For the past week, there were an average of 106,972 new cases per day, according to the Times, up 57% from two weeks earlier. As of Wednesday, no country had registered 100,000 new cases in one day.
The Times found that the first week of November saw an average of more than 800 deaths per day. This is a sharp increase from the last few months but is still below the worst days in April.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC on Friday that the actual case number is likely much higher.
"Remember that 120,000 cases is not 120,000. We are currently diagnosing at best one in five cases, maybe a little less, so that's at least half a million cases a day, probably more in terms of the actual number of infections," he told CNBC "close the bell."
"I think this will explode in a few weeks," added Gottlieb. "You have to really worry what January will be like what December will be now, considering how this is going to rise."
President-elect Joe Biden plans on Monday to announce a task force of scientific advisers and experts to lead the pandemic response for his future administration.
“This plan will build on basic research. … I will spare no effort, no obligation or any obligation to reverse this pandemic, "said Biden in a victory speech on Saturday evening.
As part of his plan, Biden intends to push for a national face mask mandate, guarantee paid sick and nursing leave, track the virus more transparently, preserve and empower Obamacare, and offer free COVID-19 tests to all Americans.
This is in stark contrast to the reaction of the Trump administration. Just last month, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN, "We are not going to control the pandemic." Meadows himself tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded 9,937,709 coronavirus cases and 237,484 deaths on Sunday afternoon, the highest number in the world. The worldwide toll is more than 50 million infections and 1.2 million deaths.