The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States topped 7 million – more than 20% of the world’s total – as Midwest states reported spikes in Covid-19 infections in September, according to a Reuters tally.

The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States exceeded 200,000, by the far the highest number of any nation.

U.S. deaths from the coronavirus will reach 410,000 by the end of 2020 and deaths could soar to 3,000 per day in December, the University of Washington’s health institute forecast.

Several large U.S. states are not heeding new federal health officials’ calls to reduce Covid-19 testing of some exposed to the virus, joining a broad rebuke of the Trump administration by public health leaders.

The United States surpassed 170,000 coronavirus deaths, according to a Reuters tally, as health officials express concerns over Covid-19 complicating the fall flu season.

The U.S. death toll from Covid-19 fell 16% to about 7,200 people last week, the first decline in deaths after four weeks of increases, according to a Reuters tally of state and county reports.

The medical cannabis market in the United States, even with all of its restrictions, continues to be a fertile area not only for dispensaries, but pharma companies developing cannabis-derived drugs; and proponents say further growth can be generated by educating physicians about medical cannabis.

U.S. coronavirus deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.

California reported a record increase of more than 11,800 new cases of Covid-19, according to a Reuters tally of county data, as the Trump administration pushes for schools to reopen to help businesses return to normal.

The United States shattered the country’s daily record for coronavirus infections on Thursday, reporting more than 77,000 new cases as the number of deaths in a 24-hour period rose by nearly 1,000, according to a Reuters tally.