The number of people in the United States who have been infected with the coronavirus is likely 10 times more than what has been reported, which would put the case total north of 20 million, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.

Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, said the total comes from antibody tests indicating 20 million have been infected with the virus — most of them with no knowledge of it, CNN reported Friday.

The numbers vary on exactly how many Americans have been infected but experts agree that it could be five to eight percent of the total population of about 330 million, with higher numbers in some areas such as New York, Redfield said.

As Friday, the U.S. had more than 2.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases, including roughly 125,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker. At least 37,077 cases were reported Thursday, breaking the previous one-day high set on April 24.

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