New U.S. Infections Lowest in a Week

The U.S. reported the smallest increase in new coronavirus infections in a week, while hospitals in some parts of the country are seeing rising numbers of Covid-19 patients.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 7.8 million, as the nation reported more than 41,000 new cases for Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll surpassed 215,000.

U.S. hospitalizations, meanwhile, are at the highest level since Sept. 2, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. As of Monday, there were 35,056 patients hospitalized across the country, more than 16% higher than the level a week earlier. While hospitalizations are rising, they are still lower than July’s daily highs of more than 59,000.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson warned that high levels of hospitalizations in the state were straining the health-care system and urged residents via


to “work together to reduce our cases.”

Hospitalizations are also rising in New Jersey, where the state’s seven-day average of Covid-19 cases topped 700 on Monday for the fifth straight day, a benchmark New Jersey last hit in early June. More than 600 people in the state remain hospitalized due to Covid-19, up from about 400 in September. More than 6,000 people were hospitalized when the state peaked in April.

In the U.S. territory of Guam, hospitalizations are at the highest level since the pandemic began, with 62 people in civilian hospitals and three at the island’s U.S. Naval hospital.

Daily reported Covid-19 deaths in the U.S.

Notes: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Daily reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S.

Note: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

California:Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state has increased its rate of daily tests to an average of 125,000. The state administered 169,000 tests on Saturday, Mr. Newsom said in a briefing on Monday. The state also said that 95% of its local health departments were contacting those who tested positive for the virus on the same day they received test results, a critical measure of effectiveness in contact tracing to slow the spread of the virus.


Johnson & Johnson

said it has paused further dosing in all clinical trials of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine because a study volunteer had an unexplained illness. The pause affects all trials of J&J’s vaccine, including a large Phase 3 trial that began in September and aimed to enroll as many as 60,000 people in the U.S. and several other countries. An independent data-safety monitoring board is reviewing the study subject’s illness, the company said.

Monitoring the U.S. Outbreak

Confirmed cases by state, ranked by latest full-day count

Daily confirmed cases per 100,000 residents

Note: Trend indicates whether a state had an increase or decrease in total number of cases in the past seven days compared with previous seven days. Last updated

Sources: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering; the Lancet; Associated Press; U.S. Census

Average new daily Covid-19 cases for most recent week, per 100,000 people

Note: Last updated on Negative values are
due to revised figures.

Sources: Johns Hopkins University (cases); Census Bureau (population)

Reinfection: A Nevada man became the first published case of Covid-19 reinfection in the U.S. In a paper in the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, a group of authors including University of Nevada researchers recount the case of a 25-year-old who suffered two bouts of Covid-19 infection, one confirmed through testing in mid-April and the second in early June. Symptoms of the second case started in late May, a month after the patient reported his initial symptoms as having resolved.


India: The country reported 55,342 new cases, the lowest single-day tally in almost two months, bringing the total to more than 7.17 million, health ministry data showed. India’s death toll rose by 706 to 109,856, the ministry said. While infections are slowing in much of the country, the southern states of Karnataka and Kerala and the eastern state of West Bengal are still struggling with rising caseloads.


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South Korea: New cases rose back above 100 as the total rose to 24,805. South Korea has relaxed some social-distancing measures in recent days, removing limits on gatherings and allowing karaoke bars and buffet restaurants to reopen. But the country is introducing other measures and on Tuesday rolled out requirements for people to wear face masks on public transportation and at medical facilities.

Japan: For the first time in a week, Japan reported fewer than 300 new cases. The country now has nearly 89,700 total cases and has recorded 1,634 deaths, including five additional fatalities logged Tuesday.

Australia: In New South Wales state, authorities reported 13 new coronavirus cases, including seven that were locally acquired. Health officials in Sydney are concerned about a recent rise in cases and are urging people to get tested. In Victoria state, where Melbourne is still under a relatively strict lockdown, authorities reported 12 new cases and one new death, bringing the country’s death toll to 899.

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