Photos: US coronavirus cases climb past five million

The United States crossed a staggering 5 million Covid-19 cases on August 9. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, it took over three months for coronavirus cases to grow to one million from the first reported case on January 20. The second million came at a little over six weeks later. The latest took just over two weeks, raising concern not just among health experts in the US but also across the Atlantic Ocean where the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.

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Healthcare workers at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital during a rally outside their hospital for safer working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak in California on August 6. The United States on August 9 reached the extraordinary milestone of five million coronavirus cases. (Mike Blake / REUTERS)

Healthcare workers at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital during a rally outside their hospital for safer working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak in California on August 6. The United States on August 9 reached the extraordinary milestone of five million coronavirus cases. (Mike Blake / REUTERS)

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Pedestrians wearing protective masks pass in front of a Steve Madden Ltd. store advertising its reopening in New York on August 6. Health officials believe the actual number of infections is perhaps 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms, the AP reported. (Nina Westervelt / Bloomberg)

Pedestrians wearing protective masks pass in front of a Steve Madden Ltd. store advertising its reopening in New York on August 6. Health officials believe the actual number of infections is perhaps 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms, the AP reported. (Nina Westervelt / Bloomberg)

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Two worshippers (C) are comforted after being baptized in the Pacific Ocean at the Saturate OC beach revival held on August 7 at Newport Beach in defiance of a ban on mass gatherings. In the US, new cases are running at about 54,000 a day — an immensely high number even when taking into account the country’s large population. While that’s down from a peak of over 70,000 last month, cases are rising in nearly 20 states. (MArio tama / Getty Images / AFP)

Two worshippers (C) are comforted after being baptized in the Pacific Ocean at the Saturate OC beach revival held on August 7 at Newport Beach in defiance of a ban on mass gatherings. In the US, new cases are running at about 54,000 a day — an immensely high number even when taking into account the country’s large population. While that’s down from a peak of over 70,000 last month, cases are rising in nearly 20 states. (MArio tama / Getty Images / AFP)

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A security officer hands a protective mask to a person waiting in line to enter a Bank of America Corp. branch in San Francisco. The second round of coronavirus-related shutdowns in the country --effective in states like Texas, California and Florida -- are spelling pain for labour markets and portend a deterioration in the overall US employment picture for July. (David Paul Morris / Bloomberg)

A security officer hands a protective mask to a person waiting in line to enter a Bank of America Corp. branch in San Francisco. The second round of coronavirus-related shutdowns in the country --effective in states like Texas, California and Florida -- are spelling pain for labour markets and portend a deterioration in the overall US employment picture for July. (David Paul Morris / Bloomberg)

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US President Donald Trump gestures after signing executive orders for economic relief in New Jersey on August 8. Trump has been accused of flouting the constitution by unilaterally extending a virus relief package announced after talks between Republican and Democrat lawmakers hit a wall. Senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi told CNN the new virus relief package was “absurdly unconstitutional.” (Joshua Roberts / REUTERS)

US President Donald Trump gestures after signing executive orders for economic relief in New Jersey on August 8. Trump has been accused of flouting the constitution by unilaterally extending a virus relief package announced after talks between Republican and Democrat lawmakers hit a wall. Senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi told CNN the new virus relief package was “absurdly unconstitutional.” (Joshua Roberts / REUTERS)

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A worker delivers food in John Knox Village, a retirement community north of Miami on August 7. The US added its latest million cases in just over two weeks. As cases and deaths slowed in the sunbelt states of Florida and Arizona, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow argued the US is making inroads against the virus’s spread. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

A worker delivers food in John Knox Village, a retirement community north of Miami on August 7. The US added its latest million cases in just over two weeks. As cases and deaths slowed in the sunbelt states of Florida and Arizona, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow argued the US is making inroads against the virus’s spread. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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Johne Riley walks down Main Street showing off his chest painted with a portrait of President Trump during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 7 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Health officials meanwhile, watched with alarm at the annual 10-day motorcycle rally with fears of a superspreader event. The state has no mask mandates, and many bikers expressed defiance of measures meant to prevent contagion. (Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images / AFP)

Johne Riley walks down Main Street showing off his chest painted with a portrait of President Trump during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 7 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Health officials meanwhile, watched with alarm at the annual 10-day motorcycle rally with fears of a superspreader event. The state has no mask mandates, and many bikers expressed defiance of measures meant to prevent contagion. (Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images / AFP)

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Members of the Houston Fire Department carry the casket of a firefighter who died of Covid-19 on August 8. “There’s no national strategy, no national leadership, and there’s no urging for the public to act in unison and carry out the measures together,”Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center told AP. “That’s what it takes, and we have completely abandoned that as a nation.” (Callaghan O'Hare / REUTERS)

Members of the Houston Fire Department carry the casket of a firefighter who died of Covid-19 on August 8. “There’s no national strategy, no national leadership, and there’s no urging for the public to act in unison and carry out the measures together,”Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center told AP. “That’s what it takes, and we have completely abandoned that as a nation.” (Callaghan O'Hare / REUTERS)

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