Daily new coronavirus infections in the U.S. surged to their highest level since late July, approaching numbers seen during the outbreak’s midsummer peak.
The increase comes after the U.S. government on Friday gave some of the first specific information about how it will handle vaccine distribution, targeting vulnerable populations under long-term care.
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Date of peak daily cases*
The country reported more than 69,000 new cases Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, up from 63,610 a day earlier and the most since July 29. The U.S. has now reported more than 8.05 million cases, with more than 218,000 dead.
World-wide, more than 39 million people have been infected and more than 1.1 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins’s data.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in the U.S., which helps smooth irregularities in the data, was 53,405 on Thursday, and the 14-day average was 50,137. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, as it has been in the U.S. since Oct. 5, it suggests cases are rising.
The rate of infection in Midwestern states remains high. Wisconsin and Indiana both reported record-high numbers of daily cases for the second day in a row on Friday, with 3,861 and 2,283 respectively.
North Dakota and South Dakota have the highest ratio of infections, with nine or more new cases per 10,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins’s data. Montana and Wisconsin followed with more than six new infections per 10,000 people.
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
Vaccine: The Trump administration has signed agreements with pharmacy chains
CVS Health Corp
to provide free coronavirus vaccines, once they are available, to residents of long-term care centers around the country, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.
“Our unprecedented public-private partnership with CVS and Walgreens will provide convenient and free vaccination to residents of nursing homes across America,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said.
Regulation: More than 1,000 current and former officers of an elite disease-fighting program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed an open letter expressing dismay at the nation’s public-health response to the Covid-19 pandemic and calling for the federal agency to play a more central role.
Military: At least two sailors have tested positive for coronavirus while serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the aircraft carrier that earlier this year was the site of the largest novel coronavirus outbreak to strike the U.S. military, the Navy said. It said the sailors had been evacuated and contact-tracing efforts aboard the ship were complete.
Monitoring the U.S. Outbreak
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)
Italy: National and regional officials in Italy have been rushing to tighten Covid-containment measures as cases have surged in the past two weeks. On Friday, confirmed infections topped 10,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. While testing has increased recently, Friday’s infection rate of 6.7% is more than three times the rate of two weeks ago.
The region of Lombardy, where the virus hit hardest in the spring and where Milan is the capital, on Saturday introduced new restrictions on bars and restaurants including a midnight closing time. While two other Lombard cities, Bergamo and Brescia, were at the epicenter of Italy’s first wave of the virus in March and April, now it is the city of Milan where infections have shot up the fastest.
Intensive-care units in Italian hospitals now have more than 600 Covid patients compared with less than 300 at the beginning of the month. At the height of the first wave, Italy had just over 4,000 ICU Covid patients, with doctors in some cases forced to ration intensive-care beds.
Belgium: The country will impose a nationwide curfew and shut all cafes, bars and restaurants for a month starting Monday, as new infections there have surged. It reported roughly a quarter of its 202,151 confirmed cases in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins data.
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Germany: A Berlin court on Friday overturned an order for bars and restaurants to close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., finding that such a measure wouldn’t necessarily help fight the virus. Authorities in the German capital had ordered the sector to close early from last weekend, as new infections have surged in the city. The country had a record high number of new cases on Friday with 7,695, pushing the total number of confirmed cases to 359,802.
Japan: New daily cases remain elevated after the country recorded 707 cases Thursday, the largest daily increase since early September. By the end of Friday, the country reported 642 new infections and 11 new deaths. Japan’s daily infection levels have remained in the triple digits for nearly two months as the country has been gradually reactivating the economy.
South Korea: The country reported 73 new cases Friday, including 11 that were imported. South Korea relaxed its social-distancing measures to the lowest of three tiers, allowing karaoke bars and buffet restaurants to reopen, but health authorities remain on alert about cluster infections that began at a nursing home and rehabilitation hospital.
China: Health authorities on Saturday reported 13 imported cases, but zero locally transmitted cases for the previous day. The east-coast city of Qingdao said it had collected more than 10 million testing samples from local residents by Friday evening, after local infections were reported this past Sunday. No positive cases had yet been found via the those tests.
India: The country reported 62,212 new infections in the past day, bringing its total of reported cases to more than 7.4 million, second only to the U.S. With 837 additional deaths reported in the last day, total fatalities in the country stand at 112,998.
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