Coronavirus: US cases jump by the most in two months on Midwest surge

Peter Wells in New York

The US reported its biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases in more than two months on Friday, spurred along by a record number of new infections in the Midwest.

States reported a combined 57,542 new cases over the past 24 hours, according to Covid Tracking Project data, up from 54,870 on Thursday and compared with 49,534 on Friday last week.

Friday marked the biggest one-day rise in cases since the 61,345 reported on August 9, and also pulled the rolling seven-day average of cases to nearly 47,100, which is the highest rate since mid-August, according to a Financial Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.

The number of new cases from the Midwest region hit a record of nearly 19,678 on Friday, less than 1,000 short of the number of infections reported by southern states. Late May was the most recent time the daily number of cases in the Midwest topped that of the south.

According to Covid Tracking Project numbers, Texas (4,036), California (3,806), Wisconsin (3,164) Illinois (3,117) were the four states with the biggest jumps in cases. (It should be noted Covid Tracking Project’s Texas numbers include older cases added by the health department, while its Wisconsin figures are slightly higher than the 2,988 reported by state authorities for methodology reasons.)

For the second day running, a record 22 states reported increases of more than 1,000 new infections. Just three of the 12 states comprising the Midwest region reported fewer than 1,000 new cases on Friday.

Indiana (1,816), Montana (722), North Dakota (656), Ohio (1,840), Oregon (892), West Virginia (382) and Wyoming (243) were the states that reported record increases, according to Covid Tracking Project data.

States attributed a further 904 deaths to coronavirus, down from 975 on Thursday and 916 on Wednesday. That compared with 835 deaths on Friday last week. It was the first time since September 11 the US has reported more than 900 daily fatalities for three days running.

The number of people currently in US hospitals with coronavirus stood at 34,839, the highest level since the start of September.

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