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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in US crosses 2 million SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 03: People sit in the park at Alamo Square Park during the coronavirus pandemic on May 03, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Pressure grows in California to ease stay-at-home restrictions while around the world COVID-19 has spread claiming over 248,000 lives with over 3.5 million cases. Rich Fury/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

The total number of coronavirus cases in the US has officially crossed 2 million on Wednesday. As protests broke out all over the country after George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer, health officials have asked anyone who has taken part in the protests to get tested. 

On Tuesday it was reported that new infections were on the rise as more Americans were stepping out with states reopening and for protests. Cases have been on an increase recently after five weeks of decline in numbers. Part of the increase is due to more testing, which hit a record high in June.

Deaths related to the coronavirus have crossed 112,000 in the US, as per the John Hopkins University tracker. Experts say that besides a strained economy, racial unrest and the pandemic, an already fatigued American public can expect more pain. The World Health Organisation, on May 12 had warned governments that the rate of people testing positive should remain at 5 per cent or lower for at least 14 days. US rates of positive test results have fluctuated between 4 per cent and 7 per cent nationally. On Monday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, the coronavirus situation is worsening globally. 

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Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota was quoted in a Guardian report as saying, a society usually becomes resilient to a virus once at least 60 per cent of the population has been infected, either naturally or via a vaccine, and develops antibodies. This is still a far-off point for the US, with no firm guarantee a working vaccine will ever be developed.

Experts say the cases could increase further with testing still being hampered and businesses reopening in all 50 states. Besides, people are still being grouped together like meatpacking workers and those in prisons.

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