New coronavirus cases in US increase for third day as Hurricane Laura affects testing

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The number of new coronavirus infections in the United States rose for a third day in a row as Hurricane Laura hit the Gulf Coast, sparking fears about how the storm could make it more difficult to track the spread contagion.

The United States reported about 44,100 new cases on Wednesday, up from about 38,200 the day before, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The total number of infections has exceeded 5.82 million nationwide and nearly 180,000 have died. Around the world, some 24.2 million people have been infected and more than …

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