California becomes first state in US to surpass half-million Covid cases
California , August 2 : California has become the first US state where the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed half a million, according to the California Department of Public Health.
According to the latest data, California has confirmed 6,542 new cases and 219 new deaths.
"There have been 9,224 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic," the California health department said.
A total of 7,886,587 coronavirus tests have been conducted in California.
Florida is second, after California, in terms of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with a total of 480,028 cases and over 7,000 deaths, according to the state's Department of Health.
In Texas, a total of 430,485 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. The state's coronavirus death toll stands at 6,837, according to the Department of State Health Services.
There are now a total of 4.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US COVID-19 death toll stands at over 154,300.
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