May 9, 2020 / 1:57 AM / 18 days ago

U.S. CDC reports 1,248,040 coronavirus cases, 75,477 deaths

FILE PHOTO: A man helps a young boy ride a bicycle as they wear protective face masks on a street corner during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, U.S., May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 1,248,040 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 28,974 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 2,180 to 75,477.

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on May 7, compared with its count bit.ly/2WfXuu1 a day earlier.

The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler

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