In the US, coronavirus cases exceeded 8 million on Friday.

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The United States has exceeded 8 million cases in the novel Coronavirus on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone puts the US ahead of any other country in terms of total cases. Over 218,000 coronavirus deaths have also been reported in the United States, a record that accounts for about 20% of all deaths worldwide.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread rapidly around the world, infecting nearly 40 million and killing over 1.1 million people. In addition to the USA, India has the highest number of cases with almost 7.4 million, followed by Brazil with 5.2 million, Russia with 1.4 million and Argentina with almost 950,000 cases. At the other end of the spectrum, some countries like that New Zealand has all but eliminated COVID-19 with the number of active infections now at zero.

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