Los Angeles became the first county to hit 1 million COVID-19 cases

Los Angeles has become the first county in the country to register more than 10 million coronavirus cases, health officials said.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, more than 1,696969 new cases were reported Saturday, bringing the total to 1,003,923.

The horrific milestone comes when there are currently 7,597 hospitalized with the virus and at least 13,741 people have died.

“Our community is experiencing a winter wave, with a large number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, five times as many as we experienced during the summer,” said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health.

Health officials also confirmed the first case of a new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom on Saturday.

The patient is a man who recently spent time in the county and has now moved to Reg Reagan, where he is being separated.

“These more infectious infections make it easier to spread the infection to work sites, stores and our homes,” Ferrer said. “We are in the midst of a public health crisis so please do everything you can to protect yourself and those you love.”