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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Climb Toward A New Peak

Last week, 17 states posted new daily records

With coronavirus outbreaks picking up speed in dozens of states, the U.S. is now climbing steadily toward a new peak in cases that may soon rival the summer surge — when the country hit more than 60,000 infections on average a day for weeks in a row.

On Friday, U.S. cases surged higher than they had since late July, hitting nearly 70,000 in one day. The seven-day daily average is now more than 58,000 cases a day, as of Tuesday. New cases have gone up by more than 30 percent from two weeks ago.

Last week, 17 states — primarily in the Midwest and Great Plains — posted new daily records, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Hospitalizations also increased in more than 40 states, with the numbers of people currently hospitalized reaching more than 37,000, which is more than half the highs recorded during the spring and summer surges.

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