The coronavirus has hit another sobering milestone: more than 50 million cases worldwide since the pandemic began. And the U.S. was on the brink of a grim milestone of its own – 10 million cases.
Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker reported more than 50.4 million COVID-19 cases globally as of early Monday.
There have been more than 1.2 million deaths from the disease worldwide since the pandemic started.
The U.S., with about 4% of the world's population, represents almost a fifth of all reported cases.
The country has seen more than 237,000 deaths from the virus since the pandemic started, according to the university's data.
Coronavirus cases and deaths also continue to soar on a daily basis in the U.S., as they are in many countries.
The U.S. reported more than 126,000 new cases and more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the university.
President-elect Joe Biden said in his victory speech Saturday night that he will announce a task force to lead his preparations to respond to the pandemic on Monday.
Biden said he would "name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021," he said. "That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern. I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around."