The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US exceeded five million on Sunday morning, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The number of cases in the US is by far the highest in the world, but health officials believe that for each reported case, about ten times as many people are infected due to testing limits and the number of unreported or undetected infections.
As of 11 a.m. EST Sunday, 5,000,603 cases were recorded in the U.S. and over 162,400 deaths according to the record.
The desolate milestone was reached when new cases in the US hit around 54,000 per day.
President Donald Trump has said dozens of times that the virus will "go away," but the nation's soaring infection rate proves the virus is far from going away.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US exceeded five million on Sunday morning, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. A heat map of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US up on Sunday, with California, Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia hardest hit
While the current rate of new infections is below the 70,000 daily cases reported in the second half of July, cases are increasing in nearly 20 states and deaths are rising in most cases.
Many Americans have refused to wear face masks and social distancing.
This week, five states make up more than 40 percent of all infections in the country, including California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Georgia.
California reported over 7,000 new cases on Saturday for a total of 545,000 across the state and a positivity rate of six percent over the past two weeks.
New York, once the epicenter of the country, has managed to weather the coronavirus crisis and now reports a positivity rate of around 0.93 percent, according to the governor's office. The positivity rate is the number of people who tested positive for the virus compared to the number of people who were tested.
Texas has more than 481,000 infections and 8,300 deaths nationwide.
The state fluctuated from a very high positivity rate of 16.79 percent on Friday. That number is just below the mid-June high of 17.43 percent.
While the positivity rate fell for months, it began to rise again in August.
On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed 6,229 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 532,806 and the statewide death toll to 8,186. On Friday, the state's positivity rate was eight percent.
Georgia has 213,427 cases of the virus, there have been over 4,000 deaths and currently there are over 20,000 hospitalizations for the virus.
Trump has said dozens of times that the virus will "go away," but the nation's soaring infection rate proves the virus is far from going away
As coronavirus cases increased, South Dakota proved they didn't fear the virus when they held the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
While the state has one of the lowest cases with around 9,477 infections and 146 deaths, fears exist that the gathering, with an estimated 250,000 attendees, will spark another COVID-19 outbreak.
There is a heated debate across the country about reopening schools for classes despite the virus risk.
While officials said children are less at risk of contracting the disease, a seven-year-old boy died last week in Georgia with no underlying health conditions and became the state's youngest victim.
Some Georgia counties have decided to reopen schools for the school year that began last week, despite the threat.
At least 260 students and eight teachers were quarantined in Cherokee County's school district after several students and teachers tested positive for the virus in their first week of school.
Earlier this month, two teenagers died from complications from the coronavirus in Florida, bringing the number of the state's minors who died from the virus to seven.
New York has cleared all of the state's school districts for reopening, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday – but he's ready to change that if the infection rate rises again.
As coronavirus cases increased, South Dakota proved they didn't fear the virus when they held the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Friday, which will last 10 days
A nurse wears personal protective equipment (PPE) while she tends to a coronavirus COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., May 21
Health care workers at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital are holding a rally outside their hospital on August 6 in Fountain Valley, California to ensure safer working conditions during the coronavirus disease outbreak
The nation's failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has sparked astonishment and concern in Europe.
Italians were unprepared when the outbreak exploded in February, and the country still has one of the world's highest official fatalities at 35,000.
After a strict nationwide 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracking of new clusters, and widespread acceptance of mask mandates and social distancing, Italy has become a model for virus containment.
Much of the disbelief in Europe stems from the fact that the US had time, European experience and medical expertise to treat the virus that the continent itself didn't have when the first Covid-19 patients started filling intensive care units.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza has not shy away from criticizing the US, officially condemning Washington's decision to withhold funding for the World Health Organization and expressing astonishment at President Donald Trump's virus response.
There is a heated debate across the country about reopening schools for classes despite the virus risk. A view of a crowded hallway of maskless students in Georgia as face-to-face classes were held upstairs
Hialeah Fire Department Paramedic Captain John Nieves (right) winces as medical assistant Jesus Vera conducts a COVID-19 test in Hialeah, Florida on Aug. 6
After Trump finally donned a mask last month, Speranza said, "I'm not surprised by Trump's behavior now. I'm deeply surprised by his behavior."
More than 162,000 people have died from the virus in the US, and European nations have prevented American tourists and visitors from other countries with growing cases from traveling freely to the block.
France and Germany are now running on-arrival tests for travelers from vulnerable countries, including the US.
"I am very well aware that this affects individual freedoms, but I believe that this is a legitimate intervention," said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn last week.
Mistakes have also been made in Europe, from late lockdowns to inadequate protection for nursing home residents to a critical lack of testing and protective equipment for medical staff.
The virus is still raging in some Balkan countries, and thousands of maskless protesters called for an end to virus restrictions in Berlin earlier this month.
In Spain, France and Germany, infection rates have declined with new cases exceeding 1,000 per day, and in Italy cases increased by more than 500 on Friday.
The UK still has an estimated 3,700 new cases per day, and some scholars say the country's pubs may have to close again if schools are to reopen in September without sparking a new wave.
Across Europe, more than 207,000 virus deaths have been confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins.
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