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The US topped 5 million cases of coronavirus early Sunday — and as experts have highlighted before, the true number of infections could be many times higher.

The number means the country holds about a quarter of global cases of the virus and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. As of 9:00 a.m. ET, the US had at least 5,045,564, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

To put the number in perspective, that means the United States has had more Covid-19 cases than Ireland has people. The number of cases is also slightly higher than the entire population of Alabama.

To put the speed in which the number is growing in perspective:

It took the country 99 days to reach 1 million.
43 days to hit 2 million.
28 days for 3 million and 15 days to surpass 4 million on July 23.
The number has jumped to 5 million in 17 days.

Jeff
(I wonder how we are REALLY doing :-)
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