Nearly 44 percent of all reported U.S. coronavirus cases in the last week have come from just five states: New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The surge in cases comes at a pivotal moment in the country’s battle against the coronavirus as states work to ramp up vaccination efforts to avoid another wave of infection. The figures underscore the problems in those communities and the dangers of COVID-19 variants.
The U.S. had 452,825 coronavirus infections reported throughout the United States in the past week, according to state health agency data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Nearly 197,500 cases can be traced back to New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. That’s 43.6 percent of all cases.
This trend was first reported by The Associated Press on Monday.
These five states, the AP noted, account for just 22 percent of the U.S. population.
Michigan, according to the AP, recorded the highest rate of new infections in the past two weeks. The wire service reported that the seven-day average of new cases in Michigan reached 6,719 on Sunday, which is more than double what it was two weeks prior.
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