US surpasses 20 million COVID-19 cases

Washington, Jan 2 (Agency) The number of cases of the novel coronavirus disease in the United States has reached 20,007,149, with 346,043 fatalities, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

According to the CSSE tally on Friday, the United States still has the highest case count in the world.

The majority of COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the US states of California that has reported 2.3 million infections, Texas (1.77 million), Florida (1.32 million), New York (979,000) and Illinois (963,000).

By far, the US remains the nation worst hit by the pandemic, with the world’s most cases and deaths, making up more than 23 percent of the global caseload.

According to the latest data, the US has also registered cases of the new strain of the coronavirus, earlier discovered in the UK, in the states of California, Colorado and Florida.