By Adam Martin
The United States recorded the highest number of coronavirus infections in a day to date, and reached a total of nine million, as the spread of the pandemic increased across most states.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 88,500 new cases were reported on Thursday, bringing the total number of reported cases in the US to about 8.95 million.
According to the Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data, the seven-day moving average of new daily cases, which helps to eliminate irregularities in the data, was 74,184 on Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The 14-day average is 67,090. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, since October 5, it shows the cases are on the rise.
In keeping with national trends, all states except Louisiana have a seven-day average above their 14-day average as of Wednesday.
According to Johns Hopkins data, several states that have recorded record high daily new cases include Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and Maine.
The United States reported 971 deaths on Thursday, down slightly from 996 on Wednesday and 995 on Tuesday. But the seven-day moving average of the daily reported deaths was well above the 14-day average since Oct. 19. The US death toll stood at more than 228,000.
The number of people hospitalized in the US has also increased, to 46,095, according to the Covid Monitoring Project. That’s the highest number since August 13 and is up 50% from October 1.