FILE PHOTO: Phlebotomists wait to attract blood to check for antibodies towards the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) at a pop-up testing and analysis web site in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
(Reuters) – The U.S. dying toll from COVID-19 fell 16% to about 7,200 folks final week, the primary decline in deaths after 4 weeks of will increase, in line with a Reuters tally of state and county studies.
The nation posted greater than 376,000 new COVID-19 instances for the week ended August 9, or a median of roughly 53,000 per day. New instances have now fallen for 3 straight weeks, although america nonetheless accounts for 1 / 4 of the worldwide complete of 20 million instances.
Final week’s decline in new instances got here largely from latest sizzling spots. For example, new instances in Arizona fell by greater than 48% within the final week, and on Aug. 9 the state reported fewer than 1,000 instances for the primary time since June 29.
The speed of neighborhood unfold in Florida, California and Tennessee remained excessive, however all of them reported fewer instances than within the earlier week, in line with the Reuters tally. (Open tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR in an exterior browser for a Reuters interactive)
Hawaii had stored the virus at bay for a lot of the summer time, however new instances greater than doubled final week to over 1,200. On August 6, Hawaii Governor David Ige stated he would reinstate inter-island journey restrictions that require folks to quarantine for 14 days.
In South Dakota, new instances elevated for the third straight week. Greater than 100,000 bike fanatics are anticipated to journey from everywhere in the nation to attend an annual rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which started on Aug. 7.
Nationally, the share of all checks that got here again optimistic for the novel coronavirus held regular at 8%, in line with knowledge from The COVID Monitoring Venture, a volunteer-run effort to trace the outbreak. Mississippi and Texas had the best optimistic charges within the nation at 21%.
Solely 15 states reported a optimistic fee below 5%, which is the edge that the World Well being Group considers regarding as a result of it suggests there are extra instances locally that haven’t but been uncovered.
Graphic by Chris Canipe in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri; Modifying by Tiffany Wu