New coronavirus cases in US up 11% from last week: report

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The United States is seeing an increase in new cases of coronavirus, according to a report.

A new analysis has found that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States rose 11% last week, with the Midwestern states being the hardest hit. The report, released by Reuters, also found that 29 out of 50 states have seen cases increase for at least two consecutive weeks. Deaths, however, fell 3%.

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The states that are seeing a growth in cases are in the Midwest, with the exception of Illinois and Missouri. There are also emerging hot spots in the northeast, south and west, according to Reuters.

Idaho claimed the highest test positivity rate in the country, with 23.5% of more than 17,000 tests returning positive last week, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, a database compiled by volunteers. South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin also reported rates of more than 20% last week.

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Meanwhile, nationwide testing continued to set records for the third week in a row. Tests have averaged about 976,000 a day last week, the outlet wrote. The positivity of the test increased by 0.4%; 5% from 4.6% the previous week.

The scan comes as researchers announced the first case of coronavirus re-infection in a Nevada man. The 25-year-old Washoe County resident first tested positive in a community testing event on April 18 and then in June tested positive again. The second diagnosis was a more serious case and even required hospitalization.

David Aaro of Reuters and Fox News contributed to this report.

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