Average U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Have Been Rising Every Day for Past 14 Days

Novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. have soared past 4.3 million, including at least 149,260 confirmed deaths, as of Wednesday. The average daily death count in the country has increased every day for 14 successive days.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new deaths mostly declined from around April 21, before it started to spike consistently from July 15.

The figure has increased nearly every day since July 6, except on July 14, when the daily death count dropped to seven less than the previous day's tally.

In the week of July 22 to 28, the country reported 6,811 new fatalities, marking a nearly 15 percent spike from the 5,930 total new deaths reported a week prior.

The country reported 12,741 total new deaths over the past two weeks (July 15 to 28), a nearly 39 percent increase from the 9,224 total new deaths reported in the 14 days prior.

7-day rolling average of daily U.S. death toll over past 20 days

  • 5 days ago (July 23): 908 average new deaths
  • 10 days ago (July 18): 800 average new deaths
  • 15 days ago (July 13): 475 average new deaths
  • 20 days ago (July 8): 593 average new deaths

Among the 20 countries most impacted by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. has the fourth-highest number of deaths per 100,000 people, after the U.K., Peru and Chile, according to the latest report Wednesday by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. also has the 12th-highest number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases, outranked by the U.K., Mexico, Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Peru, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Guatemala, Bolivia and Brazil.

Within the U.S., New York has the highest number of confirmed deaths to date, with 32,653 fatalities reported since the outbreak began. The state also has the second-highest number of deaths per one million people, after New Jersey.

Queens, NYC, coronavirus, funeral, June 2020
A funeral held at the St. John Cemetery in the New York City borough of Queens on June 5, 2020 for Francia Nelly, a woman from Ecuador who died of complications related to the novel coronavirus. Getty Images

U.S. states with the highest number of total deaths

Source: Johns Hopkins University (as of July 29)

  1. New York: 32,653 deaths
  2. New Jersey: 15,825 deaths
  3. California: 8,679 deaths
  4. Massachusetts: 8,551 deaths
  5. Illinois: 7,638 deaths

Countries with most deaths per 100,000 population

Source: Johns Hopkins University (as of July 29)

  1. U.K.: 69.13
  2. Peru: 57.58
  3. Chile: 48.33
  4. U.S.: 45.62
  5. Brazil: 42.27

Over 16.7 million people across the globe have been infected since the virus was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 4.3 million in the U.S. More than 9.7 million globally have reportedly recovered from infection, while over 660,700 have died, as of Wednesday.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates U.S. states with more than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the past week.

Coronavirus Red Zone States
States with more than 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of July 24. Statista

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

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