Number of new infections in the USA on the rise

The number of new coronavirus infections is on the rise in the United States. Yesterday, 68,648 new cases were registered within one day, according to data released today by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

That was up about 17,000 from 51,567 a week ago, and the number of deaths linked to infection was 668, up from 586 a week ago Monday, according to the data.

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, expressed concern. She said she could not shake the feeling that disaster was near, given the rising number of cases. There is so much to look forward to, she said, and so much reason to hope.

“But right now, I’m scared,” she said. The previous highs were recorded on Jan. 2, when 300,416 people were newly infected, and on Jan. 12, when 4,477 died, according to the JHU.

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