(Meredith) -- Cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States have surpassed 7.1 million with more than 208,000 deaths.

According to Worldometer, as of Friday,  there are 7,185,471 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. According to the same chart, 208,440 people have died from the virus in the U.S. and 4,480,719 have recovered so far.

The U.S. has a population of about 327,200,000, which means about 2.2% of the country has been infected and tested positive. Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not tested, that number could be higher.

According to these numbers, the mortality rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. stands at  2.9% (208,440 deaths out of 7,185,471 positive cases), equal to about 1 in 32 people . The positive case number includes active cases that have not yet had an outcome (recovery or death).

Because of the unknown number of people who may have had the virus and were asymptomatic or were not tested, the case fatality rate could be lower. The case fatality rate of COVID-19 is based on the number of positive, known cases.

Of the 7,185,471 infections, California accounts for about 11.3% of the cases with 804,174. The state with the next most cases is Texas with 766,471.

Worldometer's COVID-19 data is trusted and used by Johns Hopkins CSSE, Financial Times, The New York Times, Business Insider, and many others.

The country's first coronavirus case was reported January 20 in Washington state. On March 26, the U.S. became the country with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world when cases topped 82,000, surpassing Italy and China, both of which were previous epicenters of the pandemic.

In March, U.S. health officials predicted the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations would peak on Easter Sunday, April 12. According to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), it appears COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. peaked on Thursday, April 16 with 2,272 deaths.

On March 31, President Donald Trump warned of a "painful" and "tough" stretch ahead as he extended nationwide distancing measures that -- even if followed closely -- could still mean more than 100,000 and up to 240,000 Americans die from coronavirus. On April 8, death toll projections lowered significantly, with officials then guessing that around 60,000 Americans would die from the virus by August. Then, on May 1, predictions increased again, with the IHME predicting about 72,400 Americans would die from the virus by August. Now, predictions have increased yet again back to the original high projection. As of Sept. 7, the IHME now predicts that about 410,000 Americans will die of COVID-19 by Jan. 1.

Worldwide coronavirus deaths have reached 993,463 with more than 32 million reported cases.

As of Friday,  the top five countries with the most COVID-19 cases are:

  1. United States – 7,244,184
  2. India – 5,903,932
  3. Brazil – 4,692,579
  4. Russia - 1,136,048
  5. Colombia - 798,317

China, where the virus originated, is number 43 on the list with 85,322 cases.

You can track coronavirus cases on Worldometer here, which is updated every few minutes. You can also track U.S. cases on the CDC's website here.

For more information on COVID-19, you can visit the CDC's website.

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(1) comment

Dan7543

With those numbers, 45,517 and 792,913, that gives us a 5.74% mortality rate. That means that roughly 5 people die for every 100 people that contract the virus. And, this is in a 2 month span of time. For the entire flu season, roughly 60,000 people die and 1 person dies for every 1,000 infected. This virus is much more deadly.

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