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US hits 5 million Covid-19 cases ‘milestone', according to media tallies

Added 08-09-20 01:37:02am EST - “The United States has crossed 5 million coronavirus cases, while the overall death toll stands at over 160,000 people, according to several unofficial tallies by mainstream media, who rushed to report yet another grim record.?” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “US hits 5 million Covid-19 cases ‘milestone’, according to media tallies”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“With one out of every 66 residents infected, the United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases,” Reuters reported on Saturday night, citing their own tally and calling it a "grim milestone." The New York Times confirmed the count, emphasizing that “no other country has reported as many cases.” Those forced to rely on lagging official data, yet unwilling to miss the news cycle, had to report that the US is ‘nearing’ five million cases.

The US indeed leads the world with over a fifth of total global deaths attributed to Covid-19, and over 25 percent of officially confirmed cases. However, when it comes to death per capita – roughly 500 per 1 million residents – the country ranks better than the UK, Belgium, Peru, Spain, Italy, Chile and Sweden.

Our daily update is published. States reported 665k tests and 54k cases. 1,088 COVID-19 deaths were reported today, about 100 down from last Saturday. pic.twitter.com/uiCUQJlNjh

With the pandemic raging for over five months now, it is also hard to estimate how many of those cumulative five million infections are still active.

The current number of hospitalizations of people who tested positive for Covid-19 stand at just over 50,000 across the US, which is a slight drop from the peaks of nearly 60,000 back on July 24 and April 15.

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