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Corona surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States

The coronavirus surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States this week, as many of the nation’s hospitals are overwhelmed and officials implement new COVID-19 restrictions. 

A record-breaking 227,00 new cases were reported in the U.S. on Friday alone — the first time the daily case count has topped 220,000, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. 

An average of 2,000 people have died of the disease each day since last Saturday. The total U.S. death toll is over a quarter-million, and projections coming from the White House show it could hit half a million by March, CBS News’ Michael George reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its strongest call for masks yet on Friday, urging Americans to wear masks indoors when not at home, in an effort to control the spread of the virus. 

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