Coronavirus: Total US COVID-19 cases top 48 million

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 48 million on Wednesday, with more than 2.3 million new coronavirus infections reported during the past 28 days.

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By Thursday night, U.S. COVID-19 cases totaled 48,126,373, and the nationwide death toll neared 776,000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

Meanwhile, global cases neared 260 million, resulting in nearly 5.2 million virus-related fatalities. India has recorded the second-highest cumulative nationwide cases with more than 34.5 million, but the United Kingdom’s nearly 1.1 million new cases within the past 28 days trail only the United States and are followed closely by Germany and Russia with more than 1 million new infections each within the past month.

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By contrast, Brazil has confirmed barely 22 million cumulative cases, but its 613,642 virus-related deaths trail only the United States.

The latest figures mean that the most recent 1 million U.S. cases were reported within the past 11 days, or nearly four times as long as it took to reach that milestone amid the winter peak when the U.S. averaged 1 million new cases every four days, according to Johns Hopkins data.

New York, Florida, Texas and California remain the hardest-hit U.S. states with cumulative infections ranging from nearly 2.7 million to more than 5 million. The following 10 other states have confirmed at least 1 million cases:

  • Illinois: Nearly 1.8 million cases, resulting in nearly 29,000 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: More 1.7 million cases, resulting in more than 33,000 deaths.
  • Ohio: Nearly 1.7 million cases, resulting in more than 26,000 deaths.
  • Georgia: Nearly 1.7 million cases, resulting in nearly 30,000 deaths.
  • North Carolina: More than 1.5 million cases, resulting in nearly 19,000 deaths.
  • Michigan: More than 1.4 million cases, resulting in more 25,000 deaths.
  • Tennessee: Nearly 1.3 million cases, resulting in nearly 17,000 deaths.
  • Arizona: Nearly 1.3 million cases, resulting in nearly 22,000 deaths.
  • New Jersey: More than 1.2 million cases, resulting in more than 28,000 deaths.
  • Indiana: Nearly 1.1 million cases, resulting in more than 17,000 deaths.

Seventeen other states have reported at least half a million cases, including Wisconsin, Virginia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Missouri, Minnesota, Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Washington, Oklahoma, Utah, Maryland, Arkansas, Iowa and Mississippi. Meanwhile, another eight states have reported fewer than half a million cases but more than 200,000 cases, including Kansas, Nevada, Connecticut, Oregon, New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho and West Virginia.

The complete state-by-state tracker can be viewed on CNN.

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