Coronavirus latest: US Sunday infection toll is second-highest on record

Coronavirus latest: US Sunday infection toll is second-highest on record


US Sunday infection toll is second-highest on record
The surge in infections in the southern and western parts of the United States shows no signs of abating as the country reported 27,465 new infections — the second highest total for a Sunday ever recorded.
The number was surpassed only on April 12 at the height of the pandemic in the US when 27,900 cases were reported, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.
The number is a steep rise on the 21,486 cases reported a week ago and the 19,307 recorded on Sunday two weeks ago. The true number of new infections is probably much higher because reported caseloads tend to be lower on the weekends due to delays gathering data.
Research from the Covid Tracking Project shows the sharp rise in the number of cases is concentrated in states in the south and west of the US.

It said the rise in infections is being driven by a jump in the number of cases in California, which reported 4,515 new cases on Sunday, followed by Texas, with 3,866, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina. California is the most populous state in the US.
The overall death rate in the US has continued to fall, however, with the Covid Tracking Project researchers saying that Sunday’s reported total of 297 was the latest in a declining trend indicating that the death rate in the US had now fallen to levels last seen in March.
A total of 113,749 lives have been claimed in the US by Covid-19 since the pandemic took hold.

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