Where it stands: The U.S. is now averaging roughly 120,000 new COVID cases per day, a 26% increase over the past two weeks.
Average cases briefly dipped below 100,000 as the summer’s Delta wave receded, but the virus has rebounded quickly. New infections were climbing even before Thanksgiving, and holiday travel likely is accelerating the virus’ spread even further.
Deaths are also on the rise, after tapering off in the fall.
The virus is now killing about 1,300 Americans per day, on average. That’s a 14% increase over the past two weeks.
At this rate, the U.S. will pass 800,000 total deaths — roughly equivalent to the population of the Charleston, South Carolina, metro area — before Christmas.
Author(s): Sam Baker, Kavya Beheraj
Publication Date: 9 Dec 2021
Publication Site: Axios