Coronavirus latest: US new infections double from two weeks ago

US new infections are double the number recorded two weeks ago

The US has reported more than 42,000 new cases, nearly 15,000 more than Sunday last week and double the number reported on Sundays over the previous month.

The five highest totals for new infections have been reported over the past five days, according to the Covid Tracking Project, and that is despite the fact that numbers reported on Sunday tend to be lower than during the week due to a lag in gathering the data.

The 42,161 new cases reported on Sunday bring the US total to more than 2,540,983. There have been 119,429 deaths from Covid-19 recorded in the country so far. Experts say they would expect a lag of a few weeks between a rise in positive tests and a rise in the death rate.

In the South, the percentage of tests coming back positive has roughly doubled in the last month, the Covid Tracking Project said on Twitter.

The southern states were among the first to reopen following lockdowns imposed to prevent the spread of the disease.

In the South and West, the number of new cases reported per day has doubled since June 15, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

More than 10m cases have now been reported globally, according to Johns Hopkins University, of which a quarter are in the US.