The US coronavirus case count passed 8 million on Friday, while the nation accounts for more than 20 percent of all infections and deaths globally, with COVID-19 claiming over 220,000 lives in the United States.

Iran PressAmerica: The number of coronavirus cases in the US passed 8 million on Friday amid signs the COVID-19 disease is spreading at rates not seen since late July as the country approaching the third peak.

The figure marks the latest milestone in the pandemic and comes just three weeks after the US case count passed 7 million. 

New daily cases topped 62,000 on Thursday, nearly reaching the 65,000-per-day peak in July.

A combination of cold weather pushing more activities indoors, a lifting of public health restrictions, and school reopenings raise concerns that hospitals in some regions could be swamped with COVID-19 cases just as flu season takes hold, putting even more strain on health systems.

Meanwhile, millions of US people are currently moving into poverty, increased by the great numbers of those who applied for unemployment benefits as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to official estimates, some 898,000 US citizens demanded last week some benefits for being unemployed to increase the toll to 25 million US people since the beginning of the new coronavirus crisis.

According to the Columbia University study, that is further aggravated, showing that the billion-dollar measurement package given to US citizens did not prevent the poverty rate from rising from 15% in May to 16.7% in September.

As of Saturday morning, the overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 39 million mark, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,103,350, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 39,247,785, and the fatalities increased to 1,103,352, the University`s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. 

The US is the worst-hit country with the world`s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,045,090 and more than 220,220, respectively, according to the CSSE.

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