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12M COVID cases in the US by Christmas?

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As of 14 October 2020, the number of cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States stands at approximately 7,894,800. Following a peak in July, the rate of new confirmed cases in August and the beginning of September had trended downward, however, since mid-September new confirmed cases have been on the rise.

Throughout the course of its spread in the United States, US president Donald Trump had been publicly dismissive of the threat posed by the virus. After having contracted coronavirus in early October, and quickly recovering, the President has doubled down on his message to the public that they should not be afraid of the disease.

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Before December 25th, 2020, will cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States exceed 12 million?

The question resolves according to data on Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resources website on the 24th of December at 11:59PM ET.

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