USA coronavirus: cases, deaths, stimulus checks and news of 29 October

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Coronavirus USA - live updates: 29 October

US coronavirus latest: headlines

More than 40 US states are reporting an increase in coronavirus cases

- "Some semblances of normality" may not return until 2022, says Dr Fauci

US covid-19 latest: 18:00 PT / 21:00 ET on Thursday 29 October (03:00 CET Fri 30 Oct) 

Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.

Worldwide

Cases: 44,908,477
Deaths: 1,179,278
Recoveries: 30,229,608

US

Cases: 8,943,577
Deaths: 228,636
Recoveries: 3,554,336

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Coronavirus live US updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, US-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which as of 04:15 ET had registered over 44.5 million cases and nearly 1.17 million deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the US, the world's worst-affected country, there have been more than 8.85 million cases leading to more than 227,700 fatalities, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

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