COVID-19 cases in the US exceed 20 million: Johns Hopkins University

WASHINGTON DC, Jan. 1, 2021 (Xinhua) – People wear masks while visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, the United States, on Jan. 1, 2021. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 20 million on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. (Xinhua / Liu Jie)

NEW YORK, Jan.1 (Xinhua) – The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

By 12:22 p.m. local time (17:22 GMT), the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States had reached 20,007,149 and the number of deaths was 346,408, the CSSE count indicated.

California has reported 2,297,336 cases, followed by Texas with 1,766,791 cases and Florida with 1,323,315. The states of New York and Illinois have registered more than 960,000 cases each.

Other states with more than 520,000 cases include Ohio, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, the CSSE reported.

The United States remains by far the nation hardest hit by the pandemic as it has the highest number of cases and deaths. The country accounts for 23 percent of the world’s cases.

COVID-19 cases in the country reached 10 million on November 9 and the number doubled in less than two months.

The United States has repeatedly recorded record numbers of cases, deaths and hospitalizations in December, the deadliest month of 2020.

On Wednesday there were 3,750 deaths from COVID-19 in the country, the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic.

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On the other hand, a record number of 125,379 hospitalizations was reached on Thursday, according to The COVID Tracking Project (COVID Tracking Project).

As the new year begins, the country will continue to fight the virus in the face of a sharp increase in cases after meetings and trips during the holiday period, experts warned.

A joint national forecast updated on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that by January 23, 2021, there will be between 383,000 and 424,000 deaths from coronavirus in the United States.

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