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U.S. coronavirus case count passes 7 million

An electron microscope view of the novel coronavirus is seen in an undated image. | NIAID-RML via AP Photo The U.S. coronavirus case count passed 7 million on Friday amid new signs of disease spread and with the nation accounting for more than 20 percent of the infections globally. The figure, based on a tracker…

An electron microscope view of the novel coronavirus is seen in an undated image. | NIAID-RML via AP Photo

The U.S. coronavirus case count passed 7 million on Friday amid new signs of disease spread and with the nation accounting for more than 20 percent of the infections globally.

The figure, based on a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, is the latest milestone in the pandemic and comes just days after the U.S. surpassed 200,000 deaths.

It took less than a month for case numbers to jump by 1 million after the U.S. crossed 6 million confirmed infections on Aug. 31. While U.S. cases began to decline at the end of the summer, at least 21 states are now seeing a resurgence in infections, according to CDC data.

The U.S. is averaging more than 40,000 new cases each day, down from the 65,000-per-day peak in July.

Global cases have surpassed 32 million, with India and Brazil following the United States with the second and third highest case counts, respectively. The U.S. also far outpaces every other country in Covid-19 deaths.

President Donald Trump called the death toll a “shame” but said it could be worse, and pointed to a worst-case scenario projection that 2.2 million Americans could die without action to suppress cases.

The new milestone comes as Trump continues to downplay the pandemic while holding crowded, mostly maskless campaign rallies. It also comes as Trump officials continue clashing with the government’s top experts and scientists over response efforts.

Trump has rebuked his CDC director over comments on the effectiveness of masks and has routinely said a coronavirus vaccine will be widely available to the public much sooner than experts have predicted.

Just this week, Trump threatened to block forthcoming FDA guidelines requiring tougher approval of a vaccine, saying it could slow down the process. The president’s remarks came just hours after FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn assured a Senate committee that he would “fight for science” and only approve a vaccine he would be comfortable giving to his family.

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