New U.S. Coronavirus Infections Above 40,000

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The U.S. this week recorded more than one million coronavirus tests in a day, the fourth time that has happened, an indicator of the urgent need to monitor the spread of the pandemic as states reopen schools and businesses.

The number of new tests has bumped against a million per day since the middle of September, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project, with an average of 4.5% of recipients testing positive over the past seven days.

Public health experts say that frequent, comprehensive testing will be critical to containing the pandemic, especially as states reopen schools and businesses and cooler weather increases the likelihood of indoor interactions that could hasten the virus’s spread.

States reported an average of more than 42,000 new confirmed cases per day and nearly 750 deaths over the seven-day period ending Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

World-wide, the pandemic has killed more than one million people, and public health officials have warned for weeks that the pandemic is likely to worsen as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.

In New York City, restaurants were preparing for the resumption of indoor dining, even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio warned of worrying clusters of new infections in parts of Brooklyn and the northern suburbs.

Florida resumed indoor dining without limitations on seating last week, and banned mask-wearing mandates, even as the state averages more than 2,300 new cases of Covid-19 per day.

In North Carolina, the daily average of new confirmed cases rose to more than 1,900 over the past week. Rates of Covid-19 have increased across Wisconsin, including in rural areas, said Laura D. Cassidy, professor and director of epidemiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Rates were particularly high among young adults at the end of summer, she said.

Wisconsin reported more than 2,000 new cases for Tuesday and the seven-day average stood at 2,255 cases, according to the state’s Department of Health Services.

“Going into the school year with high community rates, especially in the college age group, makes the colleges and universities more vulnerable to spread when they bring the students back,” Dr. Cassidy said.

Daily reported Covid-19 deaths in the U.S.

Notes: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Daily reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S.

Note: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Cases and deaths: Total confirmed cases in the U.S. approached 7.2 million, about a fifth of the global total, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The nation’s death toll since the outbreak of the virus earlier this year neared 206,000. Around 2.9% of cases per 100,000 people in the U.S. have resulted in death.

Treatment: An experimental Covid-19 drug helped reduce virus levels and improve symptoms in patients who weren’t hospitalized, according to a preliminary analysis of clinical trial data.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

said Tuesday that early data shows signs that its drug can help treat patients with Covid-19 in the earlier stages of the disease, before they are hospitalized. The company said it had begun discussing the results with regulators.

Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products Co. of China said in a stock-exchange filing that it would begin testing its coronavirus vaccine candidate on people immediately, after it was found to protect mice and monkeys from the new virus.

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Confirmed cases by state, ranked by latest full-day count

Daily confirmed cases per 100,000 residents

Note: Trend indicates whether a state had an increase or decrease in total number of cases in the past seven days compared with previous seven days. Last updated

Sources: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering; the Lancet; Associated Press; U.S. Census

Average new daily Covid-19 cases for most recent week, per 100,000 people

Note: Last updated on . Negative values are
due to revised figures.

Sources: Johns Hopkins University (cases); Census Bureau (population)

Universities: Federal and state health authorities warned about the threat posed when younger people are infected with the new coronavirus and recommended universities and colleges strengthen measures to limit transmission. Young people tend to be at lower risk of having a severe case of Covid-19, but they can infect older people they come into contact with, public-health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in two separate studies.

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land Resort would likely have to remain closed for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19 concerns.

NFL: Members of the Tennessee Titans tested positive for the coronavirus, as the NFL faces a test of its ability to cope with a Covid-19 outbreak. Three players and five staff members tested positive.

As the number of U.S. coronavirus deaths surpasses 200,000, public-health experts point to a series of missteps and miscalculations in the country’s response. Here’s a look back at how the U.S. became the center of the global pandemic. Photo Illustration: Carter McCall/WSJ

In response, the NFL on Wednesday postponed the Titans’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers until Monday or Tuesday. The Titans had earlier suspended in-person club activities, and the Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, followed suit.

World

India: Fatalities rose by 1,179, data from the Health Ministry showed, a day after the country reported its lowest daily death toll for September. India reported 80,472 new infections, bringing the country’s total to more than 6.2 million.

A new antibodies study by the Indian Council of Medical Research showed that by August, only 7.1% of India’s adult population had likely been exposed to the virus. That was a rise from a previous study between May and early June, which found that 0.73% of adults had likely been exposed.

“Susceptibility of a considerable section of people yet unexposed to the virus exists so it’s essential to follow non-pharmacological intervention like social distancing and wearing masks,” ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava said.

Japan: New cases rose by 531, higher than the previous day’s tally, but in line with recent levels. The pandemic has eased in Japan since the summer, when the country frequently reported more than 1,000 new daily cases. But new case levels are still higher than in May, when a state of emergency was lifted. Japan now has more than 83,000 total cases, and the death toll is at 1,564, including seven additional fatalities logged Wednesday.

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Australia: Victoria reported 13 new coronavirus infections to bring the total number of cases in the state to 20,169. The death toll rose by four, meaning 798 people have died from Covid-19 in the state.

For the fifth day in a row, neighboring New South Wales state didn’t report a single locally acquired case of coronavirus. It detected four new infections in its hotel-quarantine program.

U.K.: The U.K. reported a single-day record of 7,143 new cases on Tuesday with 71 deaths, the highest number of fatalities since July.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has introduced a number of measures to slow the spread of the virus, including limiting social contact between households and ordering bars and restaurants to close by 10 p.m. Additional restrictions have been introduced in harder-hit areas in northern England.

Mr. Johnson, who himself recovered from a severe case of Covid-19, is now facing a growing rebellion from members of his Conservative Party over the economic cost of the lockdown measures. The British economy contracted by a fifth in the second quarter of the year.

Belgium: The Sciensano health institute reported that Belgium’s death toll from Covid-19 had passed the 10,000 mark Wednesday. Over the past week the country of 11 million has recorded an average of around 1,550 new cases a day, compared with around 80 a day at the beginning of July.

Russia: Russian authorities Wednesday reported 8,481 new infections, pushing up the national total to over 1.17 million. The official death toll rose by 177 to 20,722.

Write to Ted Mann at ted.mann@wsj.com and David Hall at david.hall@wsj.com

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