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The United States has passed a sad milestone, with more than one million new cases of the coronavirus diagnosed Monday – nearly double the previous record number of 590,000 positive test results announced four days earlier, according to Bloomberg News.

A total 1,082,549 people in the US tested positive for the virus on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the virus.

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In addition, JHU reported 1,688 deaths from the virus on Monday, not even approaching the record 4,442 deaths reported in January 2021.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 56.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 827,748 people have died from the virus.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.