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According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, the United States passed nine million reported coronavirus cases on Friday as infection peaks increased days before the nation’s next president was elected.

The country, where the COVID-19 outbreak has resurfaced since mid-October, has now registered 9,007,298 cases, according to a real-time count from the Baltimore-based school.

More than 229,000 people have died from the virus in the United States since the pandemic began, the Hopkins balance sheet showed on Friday afternoon.

The virus is currently the most prevalent in the Midwest, and on Thursday the US set a record for new daily infections of more than 91,000 in a 24-hour period.

But infections also increase worryingly in New York and other parts of the Northeast when the cooler autumn weather sets in.

With four days to go until the election, Donald Trump is fighting to hold the White House against challenger Joe Biden, who has criticized the president’s virus response.

Trump is downplaying the virus, despite the number of victims rising again, and holding a series of rallies with little social distancing or mask use.

He has repeatedly told supporters that the country is “rounding the curve” on COVID infections.

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