New cases of coronavirus in the US soared for the third week in a row, although vaccinations continue to increase across the country.
Infections were up five percent last week to more than 450,000, according to DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
On Monday, health officials recorded 79,075 – the fourth time in the past two weeks that daily cases have nearly reached or surpassed 80,000.
In addition, nearly half of the U.S. states, 23 in all, are reporting an increase in the number of new cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
Meanwhile, the death toll remains low with 607 reported Monday and a seven-day moving average of about 783, the lowest since Oct. 28, the analysis shows.
It’s because Michigan reported a record number of coronavirus cases about a month after the restrictions were relaxed, and Nebraska registered the highest number of infections in nearly two months.
New cases of coronavirus in the US were up for the third week in a row, rising 5% to a weekly total of more than 450,000
On Monday, 79,075 infections were recorded – the fourth time in the past two weeks that daily cases have nearly reached or exceeded 80,000.
Currently, nearly half of US states – 23 in all – are reporting an increase in the number of cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins
US deaths remain low with 607 reported Monday and a seven-day moving average of about 783, the lowest since Oct. 28
In addition to rising cases, hospital admissions are also on the rise.
The mean number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals rose four percent in the week ending April 4 to more than 37,000, breaking an 11-week streak of declining admissions, Reuters found.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infections in young people can be behind the wave.
“Because we’ve worked with states and understood their individual outbreaks among younger people,” Walensky said. ‘I want to emphasize that this is where we see peaks in 18-24 year olds.’
Midwestern states in particular are being hit hardest, including Michigan.
On Monday, Michigan reported a record number of coronavirus cases, putting the daily number among US states at the top.
Officials recorded 11,082 COVID-19 cases, more than a previous daily peak of 10,140 hits on Nov. 20, bringing the total number of cases to 779,974.
This makes The Great Lake State the only state to report more than 7,000 new infections on Monday.
Michigan is currently the hardest hit US state in terms of new cases and hospital admissions per 100,000 people for the week to April 5.
After a slew of other states, Michigan began relaxing restrictions around meetings in March by increasing the capacity of gyms, restaurants, pubs, shops, and entertainment venues.
Around the time the restrictions were relaxed, the state was reporting about 1,800 new infections per day. In the seven days to April 5, the average has risen to more than 6,700 cases per day.
The relaxations last until April 19.
On Monday, Michigan recorded a record high of 11,082 COVID-19 cases, surpassing an earlier daily peak of 10,140 on Nov. 20.
In Nebraska, the seven-day moving average has also risen 114% over the past two weeks, from 243 cases per day on March 21 to 522 on April 4.
Alaska data shows a 57% increase in the seven-day moving average from 140 per day on March 21 to 220 per day on April 4
Michigan isn’t the only state to see a rise in the number of cases. In Nebraska, officials recently registered more than 1,300 cases, the highest number since Feb. 13.
The seven-day moving average has also risen exponentially over the past two weeks from 243 cases per day on March 21 to 522 cases on April 4, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
That is an increase of 114 percent.
In addition, according to state data, the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased by xx percent from 113 on March 21 to 148 on April 5.
And the number of people hospitalized with the virus in the state has soared to 148 in the past week, after hitting a low of 102 on March 29.
Governor Pete Ricketts attributed the increase to a combination of the state retroactively dating new cases and an increase in variants, particularly the British variant known as B.1.1.7.
“One of those is probably the variants that we know are more transferable, so that’s probably part of it,” Ricketts said at a news conference Monday.
“The other thing we know is we’re picking up more codes to record more tests and more positive results.”
States in the west are also seeing a rise in the number of cases, such as Alaska.
The seven-day moving average of new cases is up 57 percent in two weeks from 140 per day on March 21 to 220 per day on April 4, data from Johns Hopkins shows.
The current number of cases is about 20 per 100,000 people.
Officials say the rate of vaccinations is slowing, even though it is open to people 16 and older.
‘This is the crux of where we are now with this pandemic. We need to get people vaccinated, ‘said state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin Anchorage Daily News
On average, about three million American adults are vaccinated every day, with a total of four million on weekends
According to the CDC, 107.5 million Americans – 32.4% of the population – have received at least one dose and 62.3 million – 18.8% – have received at least both doses
According to the CDC, 107.5 million Americans – 32.4 percent of the population – have received at least one dose, and 62.3 million – 18.8 percent – have received at least both doses.
On average, about three million adults are vaccinated every day, with a total of four million on weekends.
It comes as President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he is updating the deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines to April 19, two weeks earlier than the original May 1 deadline.
The commander in chief is also expected to announce that more than 150 million doses have been administered since opening day of January 20.
This means the country is on track to meet Biden’s new target of 200 million shots to the arms by his 100th day in office, April 30, following an original target of 100 million shots by the end of his first 100 days.