10 things you need to know today: August 31, 2020

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 6 million Sunday as infections spiked in parts of the Midwest. Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota all saw record one-day increases in new cases, while Montana and Idaho have seen record COVID-19 hospitalizations. Iowa’s hotspots include the counties where the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are located. Both schools are offering at least some in-person classes. The United States has seen the most deaths of any country in the world from the coronavirus, at nearly 183,000. The U.S. ranks 11th in deaths per capita, behind countries that include Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Chile, Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Peru. [Reuters]

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