(Reuters) – The variety of new COVID-19 cases rose 11% within the United States last week in comparison with the earlier seven days, with infections spreading quickly within the Midwest, which reported among the highest optimistic take a look at charges, in keeping with a Reuters evaluation.
Deaths fell 3% to about 4,800 folks for the week ended Oct. 11, in keeping with the evaluation of state and county studies. Since the pandemic started, practically 215,000 folks have died within the United States and over 7.7 million have change into contaminated with the novel coronavirus.
Twenty-nine out of 50 states have seen cases rise for at the very least two weeks in a row, up from 21 states within the prior week. They embody the complete Midwest besides Illinois and Missouri, in addition to new scorching spots within the Northeast, South and West. (Open tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR in an exterior browser for state-by-state particulars)
In Idaho, 23.5% of greater than 17,000 assessments got here again optimistic for COVID-19 last week, the very best optimistic take a look at fee within the nation, in keeping with information from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to trace the outbreak. South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin additionally reported optimistic take a look at charges above 20% last week.
For a 3rd week in a row, testing set a report excessive within the nation, with on common 976,000 assessments carried out every day last week. The proportion of assessments that got here again optimistic for the virus rose to 5.0% from 4.6% the prior week.
The World Health Organization considers charges above 5% regarding as a result of it suggests there are extra cases in the neighborhood that haven’t but been uncovered.
Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Graphic by Chris Canipe; Editing by Tiffany Wu