US reports its smallest new-case rise in a week
Peter Wells in New York
The US reported its smallest increase in new coronavirus cases and deaths in a week as a number of hotspot states revealed numbers that had pulled back from recent highs.
A further 57,948 people in the US tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to Covid Tracking Project data, from nearly 64,000 on Sunday and about 19,300 fewer than the record jump on July 17.
Florida (10,347) had the biggest increase, reporting its sixth straight day of more than 10,000 cases, but down about one-third from its July 12 record of 15,300.
Texas (7,404) had the next biggest increase, followed by California (6,846), which reported its smallest one-day increases in coronavirus cases in two weeks. There was a record jump of 3,186 in Louisiana.
Figures on Monday tend to be lower than other days of the week, owing to weekend delays in reporting.
While the overall increase in the US was below 60,000 for the first time in a week, 16 states reported single-day increases of more than 1,000 cases on Monday, according to Financial Times calculations using Covid Tracking Project data, just two a record 18 states on July 17.
A further 365 people died from Covid-19 over the past day, compared with 523 on Sunday and levels of more than 800 from the middle of last week onwards.
Florida (92) reported the highest number of fatalities on the day.
A further 62 deaths in Texas pushed its total since the pandemic began to 4,020 and over 4,000 for the first time.