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Coronavirus tally: U.S. cases at highest levels since last November and in Northeast and Midwest are above last summer’s peak

COVID cases continued to rise across the U.S. on Monday and were trending at the highest levels seen since late November, driven by the BA.2 variant of omicron, and two other subvariants that appear to be even more infectious. The two, named BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1, were highlighted by health officials in New York State recently. The U.S. is averaging 90,423 cases a day, up 60% from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker. The country is averaging 21,547 hospitalizations a day, up 24% from two weeks ago. The daily death toll has fallen below 400 to 311 on average. Cases are higher in nearly every state, but the Northeast and Midwest are being particularly hard hit with case reports in both regions now higher than they were at the peak of last summer’s delta surge. There are concerns that case numbers are even higher, as many people are now testing at home and the data is not being collected.
On a global basis, total cases are now above 521.5 million. Total deaths are above 6.26 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, with the U.S. still leading the way with 82.5 million cases and 999,062 deaths.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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