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COVID-19 cases top 8 million in the US

More than one out of every 50 people in the US is known to have or have had COVID-19.

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Coronavirus cases surpassed 8 million in the US on Friday.

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The United States surpassed 8 million cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone puts the US ahead of every other country in terms of total cases. Over 218,000 coronavirus deaths have been reported in the US as well, again setting a record that represents about 20% of total deaths worldwide. 

COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, has rapidly spread across the globe, infecting nearly 40 million and killing over 1.1 million. Beside the US, India has the highest number of cases, at almost 7.4 million, followed by Brazil on 5.2 million, Russia on 1.4 million and Argentina on almost 950,000 cases. On the other end of the spectrum, some countries like New Zealand have all but eliminated COVID-19 with the number of active infections now at zero.

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