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Virus update: Big Ten, Pac-12 cancel football, while cases double worldwide
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Virus update: Big Ten, Pac-12 cancel football, while cases double worldwide

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The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they won't play football this fall because of the coronavirus health crisis, taking two of college sports' five powerhouse conferences out of the season.

The Big Ten includes Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State, while the Pac-12 includes Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, the University of Southern California, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

The severe and sustained crisis in the U.S. — over 5 million cases and 163,000 deaths, easily the highest totals of any country — has dismayed and surprised many around the world. The U.S., with about 4% of the world's population, accounts for about 25% of the known coronavirus infections and 22% of the deaths.

The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections has climbed past 20 million, with more than half of them from just three countries: the U.S., India and Brazil, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The average number of new cases per day in the U.S. has declined in recent weeks but is still running high at over 54,000.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have flocked to a small South Dakota town of Sturgis despite the coronavirus pandemic. The 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is happening right now. 

The annual rally started Friday, drawing thousands of maskless riders to the streets and bars of Sturgis. While organizers have said they expect fewer visitors than in other years, media report the number of arrests, citations and accidents has kept pace with last year.

Watch Now: Scenes from Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2020:

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