The United States has surpassed five million confirmed COVID-19 cases, with some states saw a sharp increase while others show signs that the spread is easing.
The country continues to lead the number of COVID-19 cases in the world, followed by Brazil with more than three million and India with more than two million.
According to the data compiled by the John Hopkins University, the tally of the coronavirus cases globally is nearing 20 million.
Out of the US’ 5,000,603 estimated cases, 162,441 cases are considered deadly.
Five states account for more than 40% of the coronavirus in the country, with California leading the count followed by Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia.
According to the New York governor’s office, the state had positivity rate in the recent weeks, with about 0.93%, of those tested came back positive.
“Despite increasing infection rates across the country and in our region, we continue to see our numbers hold at low levels, all thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers to change their behavior and our data-driven, phased reopening” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Health officials report that California had a positivity rate of about 6% over the past two weeks, reporting more than 7,000 cases Saturday for a total of more than 545,000.
Meanwhile, Texas reports a positivity rate of 19.41% with more than 481,000 confirmed cases, prompting the governor to extend disaster declaration.
As researchers continue to work on understanding the spread and effects of the virus in child, schools across the country had reopened for classes.
As per the studies, older children can transmit the virus just like adults, while another study claims that children below 5 years of age have a higher viral load from the virus in their noses compared to older children and adults.
Last week, a 7-year-old boy from Georgia died, becoming the youngest victim in the state, while two teenagers died in Florida earlier this month.