By Adam Martin
The U.S. reported more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, down from the past few days but representing a rising trend, as the global tally surged past 43 million.
The newly reported cases follow two days in which figures topped 83,000, the highest single-day tallies yet seen in the U.S., and bring the nation’s total to more than 8.6 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of new cases reported tends to be lower at the beginning of the week because fewer people get tested over the weekend. Sunday’s tally is up from the 48,210 reported a week earlier, according to Johns Hopkins data.
The seven-day moving average of newly reported cases was 68,767 as of Sunday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data, compared with a 14-day moving average of 62,387. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, it suggests cases are rising.
The number of those hospitalized with Covid-19 in the U.S. was 41,753 on Sunday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That was down from 41,882 a day earlier but the fifth day in a row the figure surpassed 40,000, which it hadn’t previously done since Aug. 21.
The 340 U.S. deaths reported Sunday represented the lowest one-day tally since Oct. 12, when 317 people were reported dead. Overall, the U.S. has reported 225,230 deaths from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins data.
World-wide, 43 million people have been reported to have been infected, and more than 1.15 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins data.