The U.S. is once again reporting more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections every hour, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University datafor the week ending Wednesday.
The nation is averaging about 25,300 new cases per day, more than double the 11,300 per day the week of June 22. The total rose in 48 states – all but Iowa and South Dakota. Still, the totals represent only about 10% of the numbers being reported in the worst week in January.
Deaths also rose in most states, and deaths and infections are also once again rising globally. The World Health Organization reported deaths climbed last week after nine straight weeks of decline. It recorded more than 55,000 lives lost, a 3% increase from the week before. Cases rose 10% last week to nearly 3 million, WHO said.
Cases and deaths from COVID-19 rose in more than half of U.S. states over the past week as spreads across the globe.
Forty-seven states reported more new COVID-19 cases last week than in the week before, and deaths rose in 30 states compared to a week earlier, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
In Missouri, where cases are surging, one county asked the state for funding Wednesday
“Over the past week, we have seen dramatic increases in COVID-19-related cases,” Katie Towns, interim director for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said at a press conference. “We need help.”
Hospital admissions are also expected to increase over the next four weeks, an ensemble forecast by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted Wednesday. The U.S. may see up to 11,000 new hospital admissions reported on Aug. 9, according to the forecast.