US deaths from Covid-19 rose for a fourth week in a row to greater than 8,500 folks within the seven days ended Aug. 2, whereas the variety of new cases fell for a second straight week, a Reuters evaluation discovered.
Last week’s demise toll was 36% larger than the earlier week, although deaths are a lagging indicator and might proceed to rise weeks after new infections drop.
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The variety of new Covid-19 cases reported last week fell 5% from the earlier week to about 435,000, in keeping with the Reuters tally of state and county reviews. California, Florida and Texas collectively accounted for practically 180,000 of the new cases, although new infections have been decrease in all three states in comparison with the earlier week.
Cases rose week-over-week in 20 states, together with in Oklahoma the place cases have risen for 9 weeks in a row, in Montana the place cases are up for eight straight weeks, and in Missouri the place infections have risen for seven weeks.
Testing for Covid-19 fell by 6% within the United States last week, the primary decline since late May, in keeping with information from The Covid Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to trace the outbreak.
Nationally, 8.2% of assessments got here back optimistic for the novel coronavirus, still larger than the 5% degree that the World Health Organization considers regarding as a result of it suggests there are extra cases in the neighborhood that haven’t but been uncovered.
Thirty-one states had positivity check charges above 5%, in keeping with the evaluation, together with Alabama at 22%, Mississippi at 21%, and Florida and Kansas at 19%.