In just one week, the fall surge in United States Covid-19 infections added nearly half a million cases to the national total.
Since October 20, 489,769 new cases have been reported, bringing the US total to more than 8.7 million reported cases since the pandemic began. And the week has been marked by daunting coronavirus records and upticks.
The fall resurgence has led some local and state officials to rein in their reopening plans, as hospitalization numbers increase and states report case records. Building on already high case counts, health experts have warned this rise could be worse than any the US has seen before.
"We've never really had waves in the sense of up and then down to a good baseline," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday in a Yahoo Finance Interview. "It's been up and wavering up and down, until now we're at the highest baseline we've ever been -- which is really quite precarious."
At 69,967 new cases per day, the seven-day average of new cases is at the highest levels since the pandemic began, with the national death toll rising to 225,720, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
And state numbers are worrisome too: 37 States are reporting 10% more new cases compared to last week, and 21 states saw their highest seven-day averages on Sunday.
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