COVID-19 Cases In United States Reach 1.5 million, Southern States Witness A Rise In Infection
On Monday, the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 1.5 million. The number of deaths due to new coronavirus reached around 90,000 mark.
At the end of the May 17 week, most U.S. states witnessed a decline in new cases of COVID-19, and only 13 states registered a rise in the coronavirus cases.
As per data shared by The COVID Tacking Project, a volunteer-run program to track the outbreak, Tennessee had recorded the largest weekly increase with 33%. Louisiana’s new cases rose 25%, and Texas reported 22% more cases of coronavirus than in the first week of May.
After five weeks of decline, Michigan experienced a rise of 18% in new cases. Michigan is one of the states severely hit by the pandemic in the early phase of the outbreak and has seen more than 4,800 deaths so far.
Due to the continuous decline in new cases in New York and New Jersey, new cases of COVID-19 are down by 8% nationally in the last week. Almost every state has allowed some businesses to reopen and residents to move freely, which has alarmed some health officials of a second wave of outbreaks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested states wait and let the new cases of COVID-19 fall for 14 days before easing social distancing restrictions.
As of May 17, 13 states had met that criteria, which was a decrease from 14 states in the prior week.