Global Cases Approach One Million as Economic Toll Mounts

The number of reported cases of the new coronavirus approached one million and the economic toll of the global pandemic continued to mount in the U.S. as a record 6.6 million workers applied for unemployment benefits last week.

The U.S. has 216,768 reported cases of the coronavirus, which has spread with ferocious speed across the world, driven initially by global travel. The U.S. number is just under a quarter of the global total of 962,977 cases, and nearly twice that of the next-highest country, Italy, according to data…

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