Half of America sees coronavirus plague infections rise: Nearly 500,000 people catch virus in the last week – the highest rate since February – despite nearly 50% of US getting vaccinated

Weekly totals of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States are continuing to rise despite the mass vaccination campaign picking up speed.

Over the last seven days, the nation has reported 498,637 new infections, which is the highest weekly total recorded since February 26.

It also represents a 10 percent spike in the weekly totals, from 453,116 last week, a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data shows, despite nearly 50 percent of the population receiving one shot or being fully vaccinated.

Additionally, over the last week, 6,910 COVID-19-related fatalities were reported, an increase of 25 percent from the 5,527 deaths recorded the prior week.

On Tuesday, the U.S. recorded 77,878 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 71,234, also the highest figure seen since February 26.

Although the figure is far below January’s peak of about 247,000 average new cases, it has surpassed the late July surge, when daily cases were averaging about 68,000.

Just 913 coronavirus deaths were reported on Monday, which is higher than the day before but also mark the fifth-straight day in a row deaths have been below 1,000.

It comes as cases continue to surge in 25 states – including Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Florida and Illinois – and Michigan records its second-highest number of infections in a single day.

A DailyMail.com analysis found that the majority of states where cases are increasing have high rates of the UK variant, known as B.1.1.7.

Since the pandemic began, more than 31.4 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 564,000 have died.

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Source: Daily Mail