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Percentage of positive tests in the United States reaches its highest level since May 8
Peter Wells à New York
The United States reported more than 47,000 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, as the percentage of people who tested positive for coronavirus reached its highest level in two months and hospitalizations continued to increase.
Although the national increase has been lower than recent records by more than 50,000 a day, California, the most populous state in the United States, has reported a record increase of more than 11,000 cases.
Based on nearly 518,400 tests conducted over the past day, the positivity rate for the United States jumped to 9.1%, the highest since May 8, from 6.5% yesterday, according to Financial Times calculations using Covid Tracking Project data. On a seven-day moving average, the positive rate of 7% is 7.9%, the highest since mid-May.
A total of 47,375 people in the United States have tested positive in the past 24 hours, according to data from Covid Tracking Project, and up slightly from 42,578. In the first four days of this month, the The number of cases in the United States increased by more than 50,000 every day, including a record more than 57,500 on July 4.
California accounted for most of the increase, with a record 11,529 new cases. It’s a state record and is only overshadowed by New York’s biggest jump of 11,571 on April 15.

Florida has reported 6,336 new cases. Last week, the state became the first since New York to report a daily increase of more than 10,000.
Texas reported 5,318 new cases, down from a record jump of more than 8,200 on Saturday. However, more patients are hospitalized for a coronavirus here – nearly 8,700 – than in any other US state today, which puts pressure on its public health system.
Dallas County announced its largest one-day increase (1,214) in hospital admissions on Monday, said county chief Clay Jenkins. Last week, the main Houston hospital said the number of patients in its intensive care units in the area had exceeded normal capacity by 1,330 as it faced an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients.
Earlier today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the rate of coronavirus transmission in the state had reached its highest level in more than two months. The figure, often called Rt or R, has been 1.03 in the past two days, he said, stressing that a number greater than one means, on average, that each case of coronavirus leads to at least one new case. “It is a harbinger that, frankly, we need to do more,” he said.


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