New coronavirus cases and deaths in the US hovered around their highest levels in several days on Wednesday, while hospitalisations eased to their lowest since early November.
States reported an additional 73,258 new infections, up from 69,105 on Tuesday, according to Covid Tracking Project data. It was the biggest one-day increase in cases since Friday last week.
Texas reported 7,517 new and historical cases, followed by Florida (6,923) and New York (6,189). The three states, which rank second, third and fourth by population in the US, were the only three to each reveal more than 6,000 additional infections on Wednesday.
“Data from Texas is still a bit wobbly due to storm-related reporting disruptions,” Covid Tracking Project said. On Tuesday, the Lone Star state reported more than 10,000 new infections for the first time in 10 days, with daily cases holding below 4,000 cases for several days during that period as Texas dealt with severe weather and power outages.
Authorities attributed a further 2,447 fatalities to coronavirus, up from 2,241 on Tuesday. It was also the biggest one-day increase since Friday last week.
Texas (339) and California (314), the two most populous states, had the biggest one-day tallies.
Virginia reported 149 fatalities, with Covid Tracking Project pointing out that “processing of death certificates related to surges in post-holiday cases is resulting in high reported deaths for the 5th straight day”, which in turn has given a boost to recent national daily fatalities.
The number of people currently in US hospitals with coronavirus dropped to 54,118 from 55,058 on Tuesday. That is the lowest level since November 5.