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Virus briefing: US tops 5 million cases, with no end in sight
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Virus briefing: US tops 5 million cases, with no end in sight

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Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hit 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country -- and as experts have highlighted in the past, the true number of infections could be many times higher.

The country holds about a fourth of global cases of the virus and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. More than,162,000 Americans have died.

The pandemic shows no sign of slowing and health officials from coast to coast have urged the use of face masks in public places and pleaded with residents to avoid all kinds of social gatherings until the spread of the virus is under control.

As of this week, five states together hold more than 40% of all US infections: California (with the most cases in the country), Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia.

For more, read these reports, then view a series of charts showing spread. 

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