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The number of coronavirus cases reported to date in the United Statestopped 5 millionon Sunday, meaning that more than a million cases have been reported in the past 17 days alone. The tally has doubled since late June, and now accounts for approximately a quarter of all cases reported worldwide.

Here are some significant developments:

  • More than 97,000 U.S. childrentested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. That number represents more than a quarter of the total number of children diagnosed nationwide since March.
  • Six students and three teachers at Georgia’sNorth Paulding High School,where viral photos showed hallways packed with maskless students, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The school is temporarily returning to virtual instruction.
  • Top Democratscriticized President Trump’s executive actionson Sunday, saying that his attempts at providing economic relief were unlikely to help many Americans. Although White House officials argue that the orders were the only way to circumvent gridlock in Congress, some state officials and business leaders have expressed doubts about whether they will be effective.
  • New York, which was devastated by the pandemic early on, logged its lowest positivity rate yet over the weekend, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D)said.

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