Coronavirus: Total US COVID-19 cases top 36 million as death toll nears 618,000

Total COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 36 million Tuesday, fueled by a steep increase in infections attributed primarily to the unchecked spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

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By early Tuesday evening, U.S. COVID-19 cases totaled 36,008,398, including nearly 175,000 new cases and 645 additional deaths reported during the prior 24 hours, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

The latest figures mean U.S. COVID-19 infections reached the latest million-case milestone in only eight days, or less than half the time it took to accumulate the previous million cases nationwide. During the nation’s winter peak, the U.S. averaged 1 million new cases every four days, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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Meanwhile, U.S. cases currently account for almost 18% of the nearly 204 million global cases, while the 617,892 virus-related U.S. deaths account for roughly 14% of the more than 4.3 million COVID-19 fatalities confirmed worldwide to date.

India has recorded the second-highest nationwide cases with nearly 32 million, resulting in nearly 429,000 deaths, while Brazil has confirmed nearly 20.2 million cases but nearly 564,000 COVID-19 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins tally.

To date, 11 U.S. states have confirmed at least 1 million COVID-19 cases each, including:

  • California: more than 4 million cases, resulting in nearly 65,000 deaths.
  • Texas: nearly 3.3 million cases, resulting in nearly 54,000 deaths.
  • Florida: nearly 2.8 million cases, resulting in nearly 40,000 deaths.
  • New York: nearly 2.2 million cases, resulting in nearly 54,000 deaths.
  • Illinois: more than 1.4 million cases, resulting in nearly 28,000 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania: more than 1.2 million cases, resulting in nearly 28,000 deaths.
  • Georgia: more than 1.2 million cases, resulting in nearly 22,000 deaths.
  • Ohio: more than 1.1 million cases, resulting in nearly 21,000 deaths.
  • North Carolina: nearly 1.1 million cases, resulting in nearly 14,000 deaths.
  • New Jersey: more than 1 million cases, resulting in nearly 27,000 deaths.
  • Michigan: more than 1 million cases, resulting in more than 21,000 deaths.

Fourteen other states have reported at least half a million cases, including Arizona, Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Minnesota, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Meanwhile, another nine states have reported fewer than half a million cases but more than 300,000 cases, including Washington, Maryland, Utah, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Connecticut and Kansas.

Click here to see CNN’s complete state-by-state tracker.

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