U.S. cases of the coronavirus surpassed the 1.5 million mark yesterday, reaching a total of 1,515,300 cases. This is an increase of 21,700 cases in the prior 24 hours, or an increase of 1.5 percent. There were only 696 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest number since March. This brings to total of acknowledged deaths to 90,295 in the U.S.
New York passed its own milestone, with more than 350,000 cases and net hospitalizations dropped for the 34th day in a row. The state now represents 23% of all U.S cases; back on April 11, they accounted for 34 percent of all cases. Yesterday, less than five percent of those tested in New York came back as positives, less that the average in many states.
Globally, there are 4.834 million cases and 319,134 deaths reported. Russia now has 300,000 cases and Brazil has climbed past the UK to have the third-most reported cases, at 255,368. In the month between April 16 and May at, Brazil exploded from 29,015 cases to 220,291 while Russia jumped from 27,938 to 272,043. These two countries are now the world’s hotspots.