Against the backdrop of a general decline in new cases across the country, some states have seen significant increases.
Twenty US states reported an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 last week, although the week before, the increase was observed in only 13 States.
Against this background, according to Reuters, the number of deaths from coronavirus in the country is approaching 100 thousand.
The most significant weekly increase occurred in South Carolina (42 percent). In Alabama, it was 28 percent, in Missouri-27 percent, and North Carolina-26 percent, according to an analysis of data from the COVID tracking Project, a volunteer project to track the scale of the epidemic.
In Georgia, which was one of the first to open, the increase was 21 percent after two weeks of decline.
Nationwide, the number of new cases of COVID-19 decreased by only 0.8 percent last week, compared with 8 percent the week before.
All 50 States have at least partially reopened, raising concerns among some health officials about a possible second wave of the disease. However, the increase in detected cases may also have been caused by the expansion of testing.
The Federal centers for disease control and prevention advised States not to relax restrictions on social distancing until the decline in new COVID-19 cases continues for 14 days.
According to Reuters, by May 24, 15 States met this criterion, which is more than 13 States a week earlier. Washington state, where the epidemic began in the United States, has seen the most prolonged decline in cases – eight weeks in a row. It is followed by Hawaii (7 weeks), Pennsylvania, and New York (6 weeks each).
The most noticeable drop in new cases occurred in Washington state (50 percent), followed by Kentucky (30 percent) and New York (23 percent), according to a Reuters analyst.
In Texas, the decline was 15 percent, although the number of new cases rose 22 percent a week earlier.