California becomes second state to hit 1 million COVID cases, joining Texas

California on Thursday became the second state to reach 1 million coronavirus cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Texas hit the seven-digit mark on Wednesday.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday evening that the Golden State has seen a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations in recent days.

“We absolutely must take these increases seriously,” Newsom tweeted. “Wear your mask. Physically distance. Do not let your guard down.”

Case counts are surging across the country ahead of the holiday season, and some officials and public health experts have pleaded for people to skip Thanksgiving trips and festivities amid the growing outbreak.

A man wears a face mask in Los Angeles.

Overall, the U.S. has logged more than 10.5 million cases and more than 242,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.

No other country in the world has recorded as many cases as the U.S., according to the data. India, with more than 8.6 million cases, has tallied the second most.

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