The United States' reported total of coronavirus cases surpassed five million on Saturday, after the country reported more than one million new cases of the virus in just over two weeks.
US new coronavirus cases surpass 5M
The United States has reported more cases of the novel coronavirus than any other country. As of Monday morning, U.S. officials had reported a total of 5,054,200 cases of the virus since the country's epidemic began—up from 4,889,500 cases reported as of Friday morning.
The United States surpassed the five million mark after reporting more than one million new cases of the coronavirus in just over two weeks, and more than three million new cases in just two months. The country's daily number of newly reported cases peaked on July 16 at 75,697. However, the country's average daily number of newly reported cases has gradually slowed since then, reaching a seven-day average of about 54,000 newly reported cases per day last week.
Data from the New York Times shows that Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six states saw their average daily numbers of newly reported coronavirus cases rise over the past 14 days: Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Virginia.
Meanwhile, the Times' data shows that the average daily numbers of newly reported coronavirus cases over the past two weeks remained mostly stable in Washington, D.C., and 25 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In addition, the Times' data shows that the average daily numbers of newly confirmed coronavirus cases decreased over the past 14 days in 19 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.
US coronavirus deaths top 162K
The United States also has reported more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus than any other country. U.S. officials as of Monday morning had reported a total of 162,481 deaths linked to the virus since the country's epidemic began—up from 159,588 deaths reported as of Friday morning.
According to the Times' data, Puerto Rico and 20 states saw their average daily numbers of newly reported deaths linked to the coronavirus rise over the past 14 days: Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
The Times reports that the United States' seven-day average of newly reported deaths linked to the coronavirus was about 1,000 last week. That's down from an average of more than 2,200 newly reported deaths per day in mid-April but is higher than the seven-day average seen in early July, which was around 500 newly reported deaths per day.
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during an interview on CBS on Sunday predicted that the United States will see between 200,000 and 300,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus by the end of this year (New York Times, 8/10; Ehley, Politico, 8/9; New York Times, 8/9).