The US surpasses 17 million coronavirus cases

There have been over 17 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States and at least 307,000 deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus disease since the pandemic started, according to official data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

On Saturday, December 12, the US hit 16 million cases. Five days later, on Thursday, December 17, the US hit 17 million cases.

This even as California reported a massive 53,711 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, December 16, a roughly 50 percent jump from the state’s recent averages.

With ICU wards packed and deaths at record levels, the nation’s wealthiest and largest state has become the new epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. If California were a country, it would be among the world leaders in new coronavirus cases, ahead of India, Germany and Britain.

Wednesday was also the deadliest day for the United States to date, with over 3,300 fatalities reported across the country.

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