The U.S. recorded its 10 millionth coronavirus case Monday — hitting yet another grim milestone after a week of record-high totals.

As of Monday afternoon, the nation has 10,018,278 cases and 237,742 related deaths — both tops globally — according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The U.S. hit the 10 million mark as 105,927 new cases and 457 new deaths were reported Sunday, marking the fifth straight day the daily total surpassed 100,000.

Last week was the first time the U.S.’s daily tally hit six figures since the first case in the nation was reported on Jan. 21.

“We’re going to see these case numbers really start to explode,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, told CNBC Friday. “It’s not just the cases, it’s the hospitalizations as well. That’s really the number to watch: 53,000 people hospitalized, 10,500 people in intensive care units. That’s a lot and it’s growing very quickly.”

The global number of cases exceeded 50 million Sunday with the U.S., India, Brazil and Russia, in that order, the hardest-hit, composing more than half the cases, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker. In the U.S., both Texas and California are nearing one million cases.

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