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Michigan reports more coronavirus infections than any other state

Michigan on Monday reported more coronavirus infections than any other state, about a month after restrictions there were eased during a downward trend in new infections, according to Reuters.

The Great Lakes State reported a combined 11,082 cases for Monday and Sunday. Reuters notes that Michigan currently has the highest number of new cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people and was the only state in the nation to report more than 7,000 cases on Monday.

Michigan’s daily record was 10,140 cases reported on Nov. 20.

Michigan began relaxing some restrictions on public gatherings in March, raising the capacity for gyms, restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues. Reuters notes that when the restrictions were relaxed, Michigan was reporting around 1,800 new daily cases. That average has since risen to more than 6,700 cases each day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan has confirmed more than 768,000 coronavirus cases and more than 17,000 related deaths.

Nearly 5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state as well.

On Monday, Michigan also opened vaccine eligibility to everyone over the age of 16, joining a handful of other states that have already done so.

This new surge in cases in the state comes as several health experts have warned that the U.S. could be heading into a fourth wave of coronavirus cases fueled by new, more infectious strains of COVID-19. 

When asked last week if he believed some states should pause their reopening efforts, President Biden replied, “Yes.”

–Updated at 12:33 p.m.

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