Active U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge by Nearly 50 Percent in a Month

Novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. have soared past 3 million, as of Thursday. The country's total active cases—patients currently in hospital or recovering at home—has spiked by nearly 50 percent since a month ago and over 60 percent since two months prior.

The country reported 1,631,391 active cases on Wednesday, a 46.4 percent increase from the 1,114,160 reported a month ago on June 8, according to data compiled by Worldometer.

The number of active cases spiked by around 63.4 percent since the figure reported two months ago, when 998,331 active cases were reported on May 8, according to Worldometer.

The country saw dramatic spikes in active cases from around March 26, when total active cases began increasing by 20,000 to 30,000 a day.

The number of active cases saw slight dips on May 12, 22 and 31 as well as on June 4. Total active cases began rising sharply again from June 5, according to the data from Worldometer.

Daily new cases have increased on a steeper incline from mid-June, when around 23,700 new infections were reported on June 16. The daily case count of around 58,600 reported Wednesday is more than triple the 17,400 new cases reported a month ago on June 8, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Several states have seen a recent spike in cases including in Texas, Florida and California, each of which saw its reopened bars close again in a bid to mitigate the spread of infection.

Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a "temporary pause" on further reopenings. Abbott issued a new executive order that mandated bars to be closed, after the outbreak took a "very swift and very dangerous turn" across Texas, he noted at a press briefing.

On Tuesday, Texas recorded its first ever single-day spike of more than 10,000 new cases, the highest daily case count since the outbreak began.

Hospitalizations in Texas have been climbing on a steeper incline from around mid-June, reaching 9,610 hospitalizations on Wednesday, the highest level reported since April 4, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom also ordered the closure of bars in seven counties, including in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare.

Bars in eight other California counties were recommended to close, including in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura.

A handful of reopened bars in Florida were also closed again in mid-June after patrons tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, at least 56 hospitals across 25 Florida counties were reported to have reached full bed capacity in their intensive care units, including eight in Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida whose county seat is Miami, according to Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration.

Fears of a second wave of the outbreak in the U.S. have been exacerbated by the ongoing mass protests erupting across the country as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Protesters crowd Hollywood Boulevard in a march for the Black Lives Matter movement on June 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images

The novel coronavirus, first reported in Wuhan, China, has spread to more than 12 million people across the globe, including over three million in the U.S. Over 6.6 million globally have reportedly recovered from infection, while over 550,300 have died, as of Thursday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

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A graphic provided by Statista shows the top ten countries with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of July 6. Statista

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and European Union.

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A graph comparing newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Europe. Statista