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  • Most of the increases occurred in the Midwest and western parts of the country.
  • The U.S. now has a seven-day average of about 43,000 new cases per day after the number of infections had been falling for eight consecutive weeks.
  • The increase in new infections across the country comes as health officials worry the fall and winter months could bring more devastation when the flu season kicks off.

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in nearly half of the 50 states as the U.S. hit the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus-related deaths earlier this week and surpassed 7 million total cases Friday, according to CNN.

At least 23 states reported an increase in new daily infections from a week ago, according to the news outlet. Most of the increases occurred in the Midwest and western parts of the country. California surpassed the 800,000 mark this week, becoming the state with the largest number of cases. 


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Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia all saw a decline in daily new cases. 

The U.S. now has a seven-day average of about 43,000 new cases per day after the number of infections had been falling for eight consecutive weeks. 

The U.S. continues to lead the rest of the world in the number of infections and deaths, while only three other countries — India, Brazil and Russia — have recorded cases in the millions. 

The increase in new infections across the country comes as health officials worry the fall and winter months could bring more devastation when the flu season kicks off and people begin to move indoors in tighter spaces because of cooler temperatures. 

Last month, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the U.S. would need to bring its daily coronavirus case count down to 10,000 by this month to get a hold on the outbreak. 

“If we don’t get them down, then we’re going to have a really bad situation in the fall,” Fauci said in August. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield last month also warned the country could be in for “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had,” as the likelihood of a possible “twindemic” of the coronavirus and seasonal flu could overwhelm hospitals and drain resources.

In contrast, President Trump earlier this month said the U.S. was “rounding the final turn” on the coronavirus crisis. 


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Published on Sep 25, 2020