(Meredith) — Cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States have surpassed 20.6 million with more than 356,000 deaths.
According to Worldometer, as of New Year’s Day there are 20,616,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. According to the same chart, 356,428 people have died from the virus in the U.S. and 12,173,830 have recovered so far.
The U.S. has a population of about 330,700,000, which means about 6.2% of the country has been infected and tested positive. Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not formally tested, that number could be higher.
According to these numbers, the mortality rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. stands at 3% (356,428 deaths out of 12,173,830 closed cases), equal to about 1 in 34 people . The mortality rate does not include active cases that have not yet had an outcome; it is based on closed cases only.
Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not tested, the fatality rate could be lower. The fatality rate of COVID-19 is based on the number of positive, known cases that have been closed.
Of the 20,616,428 infections, California accounts for about 11.3% of the cases with 2,345,657. The state with the next most cases is Texas with 1,784,569.
Worldometer’s COVID-19 data is trusted and used and trusted by Johns Hopkins CSSE, Financial Times, The New York Times, Business Insider, and many others.
The country’s first coronavirus case was reported January 20 in Washington state. On March 26, the U.S. became the country with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world when cases topped 82,000, surpassing Italy and China, both of which were previous epicenters of the pandemic.
In March, U.S. health officials predicted the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations would peak on Easter Sunday, April 12. According to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), it appears COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. peaked on Tuesday, April 14 with 2,337 deaths.
On March 31, President Donald Trump warned of a “painful” and “tough” stretch ahead as he extended nationwide distancing measures that — even if followed closely — could still mean more than 100,000 and up to 240,000 Americans die from coronavirus. On April 8, death toll projections lowered significantly, with officials then guessing that around 60,000 Americans would die from the virus by August. Then, on May 1, predictions increased again, with the IHME predicting about 72,400 Americans would die from the virus by August. Since then, predictions have continued to increase. Now, death projections are soaring past the original high projection. As of Dec. 11 , the IHME now predicts that about 502,256 Americans will die of COVID-19 by April 1, 2021.
Worldwide coronavirus deaths have reached 1,835,391 with more than 84.3 million reported cases.
As of New Year’s Day, the top five countries with the most COVID-19 cases are:
- United States – 20,616,428
- India – 10,305,788
- Brazil – 7,700,578
- Russia – 3,186,336
- France – 2,639,773
China, where the virus originated, is number 87 on the list with 87,093 cases.
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