US coronavirus cases approach 6 million as Midwest, schools face outbreaks

US coronavirus cases approach 6 million as Midwest, schools face outbreaks

According to a Reuters count, US cases of the novel coronavirus reached 6 million on Sunday as many Midwest states registered growing infections. Many of Iowa’s new cases are in the counties that are home to the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, which offer those classes in person. Across the country, colleges and universities have seen outbreaks after students return to school, causing others to move to online-only learning.

Many health officials and at least 33 states have rejected last week’s latest COVID-19 testing recommendations released by the Trump administration, which said those who were exposed to the virus and without symptoms do not need testing. Public health authorities say the U.S. needs to monitor more often to detect asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 to slow the disease spread.

Although the United States has the most reported infections in the world, it ranks tenth based on per capita cases, with higher infection rates in Brazil, Peru and Chile, according to a Reuters count. The United States also has the most deaths in the world at more than 182,000 and ranks 11th above Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Chile, Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Peru for deaths per capita.