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Cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. from Jan. 20, 2020 to Feb. 24, 2021, by day

As of February 24, 2021, almost 28 million confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) had been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the United States. The pandemic has impacted all 50 states, with vast numbers of cases recorded in California, Texas, Florida, and Illinois.

The coronavirus in the U.S.

The coronavirus hit the United States in mid-March 2020, and cases started to soar at an alarming rate. The country has performed a high number of COVID-19 tests, which is a necessary step to manage the outbreak, but new coronavirus cases in the U.S. spiked again over the Christmas and New Year holiday season. Authorities must keep a vigilant eye on the virus, and people should continue to follow important public health measures, such as keeping hands clean and avoiding close contact.

The origin of the coronavirus

In December 2019, officials in Wuhan, China, were the first to report cases of pneumonia with an unknown cause. A new human coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2 – has since been discovered, and COVID-19 is the infectious disease it causes. All available evidence to date suggests that COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, which means it can spread from animals to humans. The WHO says transmission is likely to have happened through an animal that is handled by humans. Researchers do not support the theory that the virus was developed in a laboratory.

Number of cumulative cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States from January 20, 2020 to February 24, 2021, by day

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Release date

February 2021


United States

Survey time period

January 20, 2020 to February 24, 2021

Supplementary notes

As of February 24, 2021, 10:20 pm CEST.

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Statista's COVID-19 content is compiled from various sources. Although all of these sources are reliable, this may result in discrepancies in figures among different statistics, graphs, and charts.

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