As of early Sunday local time in the United States, the number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
It took just six weeks for the number of Covid-19 infections to double in the U.S., which logged the last 1 million infections over the last two weeks.
There are 5,044,435 of total cases that have been reported in the U.S. since the outbreak began, with 162,919 have been deadly, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Five states account for more than 40% of US infections: California (with the most cases in the country), Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia, according to CNN report. California and Florida have both reported more than 500,000 total cases, which now already exceed New York, which was once the epicenter of U.S. outbreak.
U.S. health officials addressed concern over the pandemic that may be widely circulating in parts of the Midwest now. White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said that states like Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana are beginning to see a tick up in their so-called positivity rates, or the percent of tests that are positive.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has insisted to reopen the country’s economy and activities as soon as possible, and reiterated his belief that lockdowns would cause more harm than good.
According to Johns Hopkins University latest tally complied, the coronavirus worldwide cases are at 19,780,612, with 729,768 deaths.