US reports over 67,000 new cases as total tops 4.5 million

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 679,000 people worldwide.

Over 17.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 153,314 deaths.

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US reports over 67,000 new cases as total tops 4.5 million CDC predicts 168,000-182,000 deaths by Aug. 22 California becomes 1st state to tally over half a million cases India records its highest daily increase in cases

Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

8:54 a.m.: Ohio State releases pledge students must sign to return to campus

The Ohio State University has released a pledge that all students who want to return to campus must sign as part of their effort to minimize the spread.

The pledge — called the Together as Buckeyes Pledge — mandates that students follow the university’s guidelines on social distancing, masks and hygiene tips.

It also reads,”I understand that COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 disease even if I follow all of the safety recommendations of the university and comply with the Pledge.”

Students cannot return to campus without having signed the pledge.

For those who don’t sign, they “would be failing to comply with a legitimate university directive and pursuant to university policies, students, faculty, and staff will be subject to the appropriate accountability measures and disciplinary actions,” the pledge reads.

Students will be contacted by the student conduct office and given five days to sign the pledge if they have not done so by the time school begins, according to The Columbus Dispatch. If a student still does not sign the pledge, he or she will only be permitted to take virtual courses, may not schedule a move-in time, may not physically enter any campus or university facility and may not physically participate in any university activity on or off campus, the Dispatch reported.

8:30 a.m.: California becomes 1st state to tally over half a million cases

California has become the first U.S. state to tally more than half a million diagnosed cases of COVID-19, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the Golden State had reported at least 500,556 confirmed cases.

PHOTO: The iconic ‘I Want You for U.S. Army’ Uncle Sam poster is seen wearing a mask and demanding people to stand six feet away in San Francisco, California, on July 31, 2020. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

Just last month, California surpassed New York as the state with the nation’s highest case count.

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7:25 a.m.: CDC predicts 168,000-182,000 deaths by Aug. 22

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its website overnight to include the prediction that 168,000 to 182,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by Aug. 22.

According to the CDC, based on data from 32 modeling groups, weekly reports of new COVID-19 deaths may increase over the next month, with 5,000 to 11,000 new deaths reported during the week ending Aug. 22.

PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control’s Tom Harkin Global Communications Center is shown in Atlanta. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control)

The CDC’s forecast also predicts that the number of reported new deaths per week may increase over the next four weeks in: Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Washington.

6:25 a.m.: India records its highest daily increase in cases

India reported more than 57,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, its steepest spike to date, taking the nationwide count close to 1.7 million.

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also reported 764 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 36,511.

PHOTO: Indian Muslims wear face masks as a precaution against the novel coronavirus while offering Eid al-Adha prayer at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India, on Aug.1, 2020. (Manish Swarup/AP)

The country of 1.3 billion people has the third-highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, India had a total of 1,695,988 diagnosed cases, of which more than 565,000 are active cases.

Over 1 million patients there have recovered so far, according to the latest data from the health ministry.

5:31 a.m.: Northeastern University to require all students be tested thrice

Northeastern University announced Friday that it will require all students arriving at the Boston campus for the fall semester to be tested thrice for COVID-19 and then immediately self-quarantine.

Students must also be tested two more times on the third and fifth day after the first test. Those whose initial test comes back negative will be allowed to discontinue their quarantine. After the third test comes back negative, students will be allowed to fully participate in campus activities, such as going to classes, according to Northeastern University.

PHOTO: A biomedical engineering graduate student handles a swab and specimen vial in a new COVID-19 on-campus testing lab at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 23, 2020. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The new measures will apply to every student arriving on campus from all states for the start of the fall semester, whether they live on or off campus.

Students living on campus who test positive for the novel coronavirus will be isolated and moved into designated on-campus housing units with their own bathrooms. Food will be delivered to the students there, and case managers and clinical support will be made available on a daily basis, according to the university.

4:07 a.m.: US reports over 67,000 new cases as total tops 4.5 million

Just over 67,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Friday, bringing the nationwide count soaring past 4.5 million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The latest daily caseload is under the country’s record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.

A total of 4,562,171 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 153,314 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

PHOTO: Medics transfer a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where COVID-19 patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, Florida, on July 30, 2020. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.

Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records.

ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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