Coronavirus latest: UK records lowest excess deaths since late March

California, Arizona, Florida and southern states see rise in new cases

Peter Wells in New York

New coronavirus cases continue to hover at elevated levels in Arizona, California and Florida and a number of other cases across the south, which were among the first in the US to begin reopening their economies.

There were a further 16,240 new cases of coronavirus in the US over the past 24 hours, according to data compiled on Monday by the Covid Tracking Project, out of 379,625 new tests.

The number of new cases was down from 19,932 on Sunday and at the lowest level in a week that was likely helped by the absence of new data from Texas. But a handful of states across the south of the country saw one-day increases exceeding 500, fuelling concerns about a second wave of Covid-19 in those regions that reopened too quickly.

California reported the highest number of new cases over the past day, with 2,507, down about 300 from Sunday’s level but about 600 below Saturday’s level, which was a record for the state. Illinois was next, with 1,382 new cases and also remains the US state with the fourth-highest number of overall deaths.

Arizona and New York — with 789 and 702 new cases, respectively — had the fifth- and sixth-highest one-day increases in new cases. In the case of Arizona, the state on Friday had its highest one-day increase in new cases, of 1,579. By contrast, New York, the main hotspot for the virus in the US, continues to show progress bringing it under control.

Of the 10 US states with the most number of new cases, the remaining six were in the south. Florida and North Carolina had 966 and 938, respectively, while Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina each had between 500 and 600 new cases.

A further 640 people in the US died from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to Covid Tracking Project, led by a one-day increase of 198 for Illinois. Since the pandemic began, 105,040 across the country have died from the disease.