NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of new COVID-19 infections in the United States hit another record high last week, up 18% to more than 575,000, while the number of deaths rose 3%, according to Reuters analysis of State and county reports. .
The number of new cases reported per week has increased for four consecutive weeks, with the largest increase in the past two weeks.
Nationwide, nearly 5,800 people died from the virus in the seven days ending November 1, bringing the total to more than 230,000. Medical experts say the number of deaths tends to increase from 4 to 6 weeks after the increase in infections.
Thirty-four out of 50 states have seen an increase in new cases for at least two consecutive weeks, down from 36 the previous week. These include Florida, Ohio, and Michigan ̵1; all of the states that are in hot controversy for Tuesday’s US presidential election. New cases rose 60% in Pennsylvania, another important state.
Texas reported the most new cases last week with more than 45,600, followed by Illinois, where the number of people infected is half, with more than 44,500 new cases.
The United States performed 8.5 million COVID-19 tests last week, of which 6.8% were positive for the new virus, compared with 6.3% last week, according to data from the Project. Follow COVID, an effort made by volunteers to track outbreaks.
South Dakota leads the country with the highest positive test rate at 50%, followed by Iowa with 44% and Wyoming at 43%. A total of 17 states have positive test rates above 10%.
The World Health Organization considers a rate above 5% to be relevant because it shows that there are many cases in the community that have not been discovered.
(Written by Lisa Shumaker; Graphic by Chris Canipe; Editing by Tiffany Wu)
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