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US COVID-19 deaths drop for first time in four weeks

US COVID-19 deaths drop for first time in four weeks

10/8/2020 11:56:00 PM

US COVID-19 deaths drop for first time in four weeks

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 fell 16per cent to about 7,200 people last week, the first decline in deaths after four weeks of increases, ...

WorldFILE PHOTO: Phlebotomists wait to draw blood to test for antibodies against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a pop-up testing and research site in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder11 Aug 2020 04:24AMShare this content

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BookmarkREUTERS: The US death toll from COVID-19 fell 16 per cent to about 7,200 people last week, the first decline in deaths after four weeks of increases, according to a Reuters tally of state and county reports.The country posted more than 376,000 new COVID-19 cases for the week ended Aug 9, or an average of roughly 53,000 per day. New cases have now fallen for three straight weeks, though the United States still accounts for a quarter of the global total of 20 million cases.

AdvertisementAdvertisementLast week's decline in new cases came largely from recent hot spots. For instance, new cases in Arizona fell by more than 48 per cent in the last week, and on Aug 9 the state reported fewer than 1,000 cases for the first time since Jun 29.

The rate of community spread in Florida, California and Tennessee remained high, but they all reported fewer cases than in the previous week, according to the Reuters tally.Hawaii had kept the virus at bay for most of the summer, but new cases more than doubled last week to over 1,200. On Aug 6, Hawaii Governor David Ige said he would reinstate inter-island travel restrictions that require people to quarantine for 14 days.

In South Dakota, new cases increased for the third straight week. More than 100,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to travel from all over the country to attend an annual rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which began on Aug 7.AdvertisementAdvertisement

Nationally, the share of all tests that came back positive for the novel coronavirus held steady at 8 per cent, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak. Mississippi and Texas had the highest positive rates in the country at 21 per cent.

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