New cases of coronavirus in the United States, lower


Newly reported cases of coronavirus infection in the United States have declined slightly from the previous day, as another vaccine enters final stages of testing.
The United States reported 37,330 new cases on Wednesday, up from 39,334 on Tuesday. In total, the United States has recorded 6.93 million cases and more than 201,900 people have died. Globally, some 31.9 million people have been infected and more than 977,300 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Although the United States has more deaths than any other country, it does not have the highest percentage of fatal cases. The case fatality rate in the country is currently around 2.9%, according to data from Johns Hopkins, compared to just over 10% in Mexico. The number of deaths per 100,000 population in the United States has risen to 61.37; in early July it was closer to 39.
After peaking in mid-July, new daily infections in the United States started to decline, but have risen again since mid-September, especially in the West. The largest increases, where the seven-day average number of new cases rose in September, were in Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Oklahoma and North Dakota, the data showed.
Nationally, the seven-day moving average from Tuesday was 43,411 and the 14-day average was 40,658. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, like this has been the case since September 15, it suggests cases are increasing. This was true in 33 states, according to Johns Hopkins data Tuesday, compared to 44 states on Friday and Saturday. Johns Hopkins data included an unusually high figure for Monday, when the state of Texas included overdue cases in its daily report.


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