Coronavirus news and updates: 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US

Coronavirus news and updates: 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US

There are 2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States. Think about that for a minute.

Of those cases, roughly 113,000 of them have been deadly. When America grieved for the 100,000 who died, USA TODAY's Editorial Board called it an American tragedy.

That was two weeks ago.

On Wednesday, we wrote about the alarming spread of COVID-19 in Arizona and other states, with health officials increasingly worried about the number of cases requiring hospitalizations.

Now health officials are warning of a potential second round of infections. “There is a new wave coming in parts of the country,” said Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Bloomberg. “It’s small and it’s distant so far, but it’s coming.”

A Harvard researcher told CNN that as many as 100,000 additional U.S. deaths could come by September.

By the numbers: The coronavirus isn't going away anytime soon. Confirmed cases in the United States are more than 2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. America's death toll is hovering at around 113,000. Globally, there are more than 7.3 million confirmed cases and 417,000 people have died.

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What's in the news

Trump rally: President Donald Trump will be in front of supporters in Tulsa next week. The large gathering amid the pandemic is likely to draw criticism. - The GuardianVaccine trials: Dr. Anthony Fauci tells CNN three government-funded studies will be funded soon. Ready to return to normal? Americans are split along partisan lines on how to approach it, a CNN poll finds. - The HillAs for flying: Get ready to fill out a checklist as you check in. - USA TODAYFact check: Is it more testing, like Trump says, or reopening states that's prompting an uptick in cases? Verdict: Reopening. - NBCIMMUNE HOST: Test results could lead to a new class divide, like an Airbnb host who put a pic of his antibody test on his NYC listing. - The GuardianPuzzling: Are you and your quaran-team bored? Load up on puzzles. - Reviewed

What we're reading

They made a vow. Javier and Martin Morales told their loved ones that, when they died, they wanted to be buried near their father’s grave in the small village of Mexico where they grew up. It was a wish that their family vowed to keep. COVID-19 destroyed it. Read more.

Venti bummer: Starbucks is closing 400 locations. On the bright side, it is expanding its options for contact-less pickup.

🚘 Road trip! What to pack and how to stay safe when the travel bug bites this summer.

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