US surpasses eight million COVID-19 cases, 218,000 deaths


(NEW YORK) — The United States now has more than eight million reported COVID-19 cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. passed the milestone Friday afternoon, reporting 8,015,380 infections at the same time the number of reported deaths surpassed 218,000, with 218,137 total.  The U.S. continues to report more COVID-19 infections and deaths than any other nation.

The latest forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the U.S. will see a total of between 229,000 and 240,000 coronavirus deaths by the week ending November 7.  The previous CDC forecast was for between 224,000 and 233,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths reported by the week ending October 31.

Also Friday afternoon, the number of global COVID-19 cases surpassed 39 million, with a total 39,097,543 reported.  The actual number of coronavirus cases and fatalities is believed to be higher than reported, due to lack of reporting in some cases and both unintentional and deliberate under-reporting in others.

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