İrem UZUN -TDO- U.S. coronavirus cases topped 4 million on Thursday, with over 2,600 new cases every hour on average, the highest rate in the world, Reuters reports. Infections in the United States have rapidly accelerated since the first case was detected on Jan. 21. It took the country 98 days to reach 1 million cases. It took another 43 days to reach 2 million and then 27 days to reach 3 million. It has only taken 16 days to reach 4 million at a rate of 43 new cases a minute.
On the other hand, new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the number of people who have actually been infected is probably twice as many as confirmed. That’s because of an increasing number of positive antibody tests. Government scientists say this means many Americans have been spreading the virus without even knowing it. Right now, Florida has the highest death rate of any state, reporting another 134 coronavirus deaths Tuesday. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut added 10 more states to their quarantine travel advisory because they have high COVID-19 case numbers. Some of the new states added include Alaska, Delaware, Indiana and Missouri.
Speaking at the daily coronavirus update briefing on Wednesday, President Trump on placed much of the blame for the rise in coronavirus cases on recent demonstrations against racism and police brutality, ignoring in large part his administration's push to reopen the national economy before the virus had been fully contained. "Cases started to rise among young Americans, shortly after demonstrations - which you know very well about. Which presumably triggered a broader relaxation of mitigation measures nationwide," Trump said.