Daily rate of new coronavirus cases in US eases back below 40,000
The number of new coronavirus cases in the US fell below 40,000 for the first time in four days, but states in the west and south remained vigilant with Arizona becoming the latest to reverse reopening plans.
A further 36,490 people tested positive over the past 24 hours, according to data compiled by Covid Tracking Project on Monday, down from 42,161 on Sunday and a record of nearly 44,400 on June 26.
California (5,307), Florida (5,266) and Texas (4,283) had the biggest increases, but remain below records hit in recent days that prompted the latter two to begin the statewide reversal of plans to reopen their economies.
Figures on Monday tend to be lower than other days of the week owing to a slowdown in reporting over the weekend and typically tick up again on Tuesday.
Arizona reported 625 new cases on Monday, down from a record 3,857 on Sunday. The state’s health department said today’s report was incomplete because a lab partner had missed the daily deadline for submission of data.
Governor Greg Ducey announced on Monday the state’s reopening plans would be reversed, with bars, gyms, cinemas and water parks to close for at least the next 30 days, while the reopening of schools in the state will now be delayed until at least August 17.
Georgia (2,207), Tennessee (2,125), Alabama (1,734), North Carolina (1,342) and South Carolina (1,324) rounded out the group of states to report increases of 1,000 or more.
Tennessee, Alabama, Kansas (905) and Montana (56) were the four states to report record one-day increases, according to Financial Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.