Total coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 35 million Sunday, indicating the nationwide infection rate has increased nearly three-fold in the past 16 days.
By late Sunday, U.S. cases totaled 35,001,589, including 24,209 new cases and 82 additional deaths reported during the prior 24 hours, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
Meanwhile, U.S. cases currently account for almost 18% of the nearly 200 million global cases, while the 613,223 virus-related U.S. deaths account for nearly 15% of the more than 4.2 million COVID-19 fatalities confirmed worldwide to date.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures show a 64.1% increase in COVID-19 cases during the week ended July 30 compared with the previous week, or an average of 66,606 cases a day. Meanwhile, the agency’s calculations indicate a current seven-day average of 6,071 new COVID-19-related hospitalizations, or roughly 44% more than were recorded one week ago.
Moreover, Sunday’s milestone indicated that the rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses is rapidly increasing after peaking during the winter months when an additional 1 million cases were reported roughly every four days. That pace slowed considerably in early March, when it took 16 days for the U.S. total to increase from 28 million to 29 million cases, and bottomed out July 16, when it took 48 days to increase from 33 million to 34 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins data.
In turn, Sunday’s benchmark means it took only 16 days to increase from 34 million to 35 million U.S. COVID-19 cases, or roughly one-third of the time it took to increase from 33 million to 34 million cases.
Meanwhile, India has recorded the second-highest nationwide cases with nearly 32 million, resulting in more than 424,000 deaths, while Brazil has confirmed nearly 20 million cases but more than 556,000 COVID-19 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins tally.
To date, 11 U.S. states have confirmed at least 1 million COVID-19 cases each, including:
- California: nearly 4 million cases, resulting in more than 64,000 deaths.
- Texas: more than 3.1 million cases, resulting in more than 53,000 deaths.
- Florida: more than 2.6 million cases, resulting in more than 39,000 deaths.
- New York: nearly 2.2 million cases, resulting in nearly 54,000 deaths.
- Illinois: more than 1.4 million cases, resulting in nearly 26,000 deaths.
- Pennsylvania: more than 1.2 million cases, resulting in nearly 28,000 deaths.
- Georgia: nearly 1.2 million cases, resulting in nearly 22,000 deaths.
- Ohio: more than 1.1 million cases, resulting in more than 20,000 deaths.
- North Carolina: more than 1 million cases, resulting in nearly 14,000 deaths.
- New Jersey: more than 1 million cases, resulting in nearly 27,000 deaths.
- Michigan: more than 1 million cases, resulting in more than 21,000 deaths.
Twelve other states have reported at least half a million cases, including Arizona, Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, Virginia, Missouri, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Minnesota, Alabama, Colorado and Louisiana. Meanwhile, another 11 states have reported fewer than half a million cases but more than 300,000 cases, including Kentucky, Oklahoma, Washington, Maryland, Utah, Arkansas, Iowa, Nevada, Connecticut, Mississippi and Kansas.
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