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The U.S. Ranks First in the World's Coronavirus Death Toll of More than 1 Million

In less than nine months, the death toll jumped from one to 1,002,628

More than 1 million people have died worldwide from Covid-19, and the United States accounts for more than 20 percent of the death toll.

In less than nine months, the death toll jumped from one coronavirus-related death -- in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 9 -- to 1,002,628 early Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has been hit hard by the virus, with almost 7.2 million reported infections and more than 205,000 deaths.

With recent spikes in U.S. cases, health experts warn things could soon get worse. Only 20 states are holding steady when it comes to the average of daily new cases compared to last week, while 23 are reporting increases: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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