US Coronavirus Cases Just Hit Another Milestone

Number is now over 1M
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2020 1:27 PM CDT
US Coronavirus Cases Just Hit Another Milestone
A shopper wears a face mask and gloves as she leaves a grocery store with a loaded cart Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Harlem.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The bad milestones keep coming in the coronavirus pandemic. The number of confirmed cases in the US topped 1 million Tuesday afternoon, according to stats kept by Johns Hopkins University. That accounts for roughly a third of all reported cases in the world, notes the Washington Post. The stat comes with a now-familiar caveat: It is surely an undercount because it encompasses only confirmed cases, and less than 2% of the US population has been tested for COVID-19. As of Tuesday, the US had more than 57,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths, notes NPR, another figure thought to be undercounted. (Work on a vaccine continues, and one at Oxford is generating the most buzz of late.)

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