U.S. closes in on 3 million COVID-19 cases

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The U.S. was on a tragic trajectory and closing in on a milestone that seemed unthinkable just a few months ago –- the 3 millionth case of coronavirus.

There were 2,956,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning and 10 percent of those (317,654) were reported since July 1, figures compiled by NBC News showed.

Meanwhile, the death toll was 131,323 and rising.

President Donald Trump, who just a week ago was saying the coronavirus would “just disappear,” insisted in a tweet Monday that COVID-19 deaths rates were down 39 percent and that the U.S. had the lowest death rate “in the world.”

more than one out five of the more than 541,000 coronavirus deaths reported around the world.

In other related developments:

Trump vowed to “put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools” and praised Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis for insisting on reopening public schools in the fall even though the Sunshine State in the midst of a coronavirus spike.

The Trump Administration gave formal notice the U.S. was withdrawing from the World Health Organization. The president has accused the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus crisis, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China. Critics, however, say Trump is blaming WHO for his administration’s slow response to the crisis and note that he declared a national emergency on March 13.

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