US tops 5 million coronavirus cases, continues to lead world in infections and deaths

The U.S. reached five million coronavirus cases on Sunday, continuing to lead the world as the nation with the highest number of infections. The milestone came fewer than three weeks since hitting 4 million infections.

Almost five months into the COVID-19 outbreak, America also has the world’s highest death toll of more than 160,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Health officials believe the actual number of infections could be 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, due to testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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