Daily COVID-19 Deaths Rise by 18 Percent After Mostly Declining For Months

Daily coronavirus deaths in the U.S. have risen by nearly 20 percent in recent weeks. The spike in daily new fatalities comes after mostly declining from around late April, when the country reported a peak daily death toll of nearly 2,800.

The country reported 4,597 total new deaths in the past week from July 4 to 10. This week's tally was a nearly 18.5 percent increase on the 3,879 total new deaths reported the previous week from June 27 to July 3, according to data compiled by Worldometer.

On April 21, the country reported a record daily death count of 2,749, the highest number reported to date, according to Worldometer.

Since then, the daily death toll has been mostly decreasing, with spikes reported on Mondays or Tuesdays following a backlog of data reported from weekends, when virus figures are usually slightly lower than normal.

The dip in numbers during weekends occurs because of reduced or delayed reporting due to lower staffing levels at health departments, testing labs and hospitals. Some of these facilities may also be closed during weekends.

A drop in deaths reported weekends and a surge reported Mondays and Tuesdays has been seen throughout the outbreak.

The only midweek rises in the daily death count since late April was this Thursday as well as on May 27 (Wednesday) when 1,563 new fatalities were reported, nearly doubling from the 783 reported May 26, according to Worldometer.

The daily death toll also increased on Thursday, when 960 new deaths were recorded, a nearly eight percent spike from the 890 new fatalities reported Wednesday, according to Worldometer.

Daily new deaths also more than doubled on Tuesday, when 993 new fatalities were reported, jumping from 378 reported Monday. However, this dramatic spike is likely to be from a backlog of data reported from the Fourth of July weekend.

Earlier this week, the daily death count reached a low of around 250 on July 5, the lowest single-day death toll reported since around late March. But the figure is likely to have been impacted by the July 4 weekend for the reasons mentioned previously.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. has reached 134,117, the world's highest death count, according to the latest report Saturday from Johns Hopkins University.

Last month, the U.S. virus death toll was forecast to reach 201,129 by October 1, according to a new projection reported from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

The latest projection marked a nearly 20 percent jump from the institute's previous projection of 169,890 deaths made about a week earlier.

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A modified military funeral honoring retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert M. Belch at the Arlington National Cemetery, pictured on April 14, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Getty Images

Over 12.5 million across the globe have been infected since the virus was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 3.1 million in the U.S. More than 6.9 million globally have reportedly recovered from infection, while over 560,900 have died, as of Saturday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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

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This graph from Statista shows the surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Statista

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 across 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