The US reached another grim milestone, as it hit 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, said an NPR report.

This is just 17 days after the US surpassed the 4 million mark.

The report added that US lawmakers and states continue to grapple with the pandemic as it continues to rage on.

According to tracking by Johns Hopkins University, this happened last Sunday.

The report analyzed the cases in at least 33 states that were on the decline last week.

However, those figures do not offer a full picture of the crisis, it added.

Leading In Deaths

The U.S. continues to have more coronavirus deaths than any other nation, said the report.  

The US has more than 162,400 deaths.

This is about 4% of the world’s population.

This is roughly 22% of the worldwide death toll from COVID-19.

In Brazil, there is currently at just over 3 million cases and more than 100,000 deaths.

Brazil is the country with the second-most cases.

Moreover, it’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, is a fan of the US President.

Both of them had initially downplayed the severity of the coronavirus.

They refer to COVID-19 as the common flu.

Dire Warning

University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation made a dire warning.

It projected COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. roughly doubling to 300,000 by December.

The university is one of the leading modelers of the pandemic.

That would make COVID-19 the third-leading cause of death in the country in 2020.

The university added the model they used and said that while cases may have peaked in the hardest-hit states, they don’t expect dramatic declines anytime soon.

This is because of what one researcher described as a “roller coaster phenomenon. “

This means when cases go up, individuals wear masks and take precautions, but when cases go down, they ease up, allowing cases to rise again.

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