What to Know The number of newly diagnosed cases of COVID in the United States jumped to a record 716,000 last week, up nearly 10 percent from the week before.
The increase is even larger among adults aged 55 and older, where COVID infections rose to 2,081,000, an increase of about 20 percent from a year earlier.
The total number of cases is up 13.6 percent over the past week.
The rise was mostly concentrated in the West, where the number rose to 3,064,000 from 2,091,800.
But the total number also rose in Alaska, South Dakota and Montana, which were the states with the largest increases.
COVID outbreaks are typically linked to travelers arriving from countries with weak or weak health systems, including the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Many people who come into the United Kingdom, for example, are already infected, with the country already having one of the highest cases in the world.
Some of the countries with the highest numbers of cases were countries with limited access to health care, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.
For the past few weeks, experts have been working to determine which countries are most susceptible to the virus, and which ones need more resources.
The number of new cases is more than double the number who died from COVID during the pandemic in 2009, when nearly 300,000 Americans died from the disease.
But experts say the rate of COV-19 deaths has been steadily declining in recent years, with nearly one-third of deaths in the past two years being preventable.