U.S. reaches 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2020

More than 19.67 million COVID-19 cases have been reported around the world so far, with nearing 11.96 million, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. reached five million coronavirus cases on Sunday, continuing to lead the world as the nation with the highest number of infections.

While that's down from a peak of well over 70,000 in the second half of July, cases are rising in almost 20 states, and deaths are climbing in most.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the USA stands at 162,455, also the highest in the world. The milestone came fewer than three weeks since hitting 4 million infections.

The US, Brazil, Russia, and India are now the worst-hit countries in the world.

"It's a number that boggles the mind and breaks the heart. It shouldn't have gotten this bad". Many Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing.

The grim milestone comes as President Donald Trump signed executive orders meant to provide economic relief to Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic after the White House failed to reach a deal with Congress.

"We've had it and we're going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers", Trump said Saturday at a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he was spending the weekend.

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