US Surpasses 5 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

AP News
August 09, 2020 - 10:23 am

    NEW YORK (AP) — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

    However, health officials believe that for every reported case, there are roughly 10 times as many people infected, given the limits on testing and the large number of mild infections that have unreported or unrecognized.

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    The bleak milestone was reached as new cases in the U.S. run at about 54,000 a day. While that’s down from a peak of well over 70,000 in the second half of July, cases are rising in nearly 20 states, and deaths are climbing in most. Many Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing.

    The states with the most cases are California (over 550,000), Florida (over 525,000), Texas (over 500,000), New York (425,000) and Georgia (nearly 200,000).