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"We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week".
USA states began imposing stay-at-home orders and other restrictions in March in order to slow the spread of the virus, with numbers declining as a result. That's more than all of the COVID-19 cases reported for countries like Canada, China, Colombia, Sweden and Egypt.
The surge in the number of cases comes as countries around the world roll back lockdown restrictions that were imposed in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.
Georgia, Nevada and SC also reported new daily records of infections that day while Arizona broke its previous record for hospitalisations.
The latest daily caseload is up from the previous day, but still lower than the country's record high of more than 45,000 new cases identified last Friday.
In Italy, there were eight further virus deaths but, in a sign the country is emerging from the crisis, fewer than 100 patients are in intensive care with Covid-19 for the first time since the very early days of the outbreak. Arizona has also reported a record 2,577 ongoing coronavirus hospitalizations, according to the report.
RAMALLAH - Palestine on Sunday announced that 195 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed, raising the total number of cases to 2,248. Republicans, like President Trump who won't wear one in public, have politicized their existence.
Speaking with NBC's "Meet the Press," Azar urged Americans to "act responsibly" by practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings as states reopened.
Half the world's cases have been in the United States and Europe, but Covid-19 is now rapidly growing in the Americas.
Experts have warned these figures significantly undercounted the true toll of the pandemic, due to limited testing and missed mild cases.