US coronavirus cases rise for more than a week to an average of 40,000 a day

The number of coronavirus cases across the United States have been rising for more than a week as about half of states see an uptick in infections but daily deaths continue to decline nationally. 

The average number of COVID-19 cases per day was at just over 40,000 on Sunday.

Cases, on average, had been trending downwards nationally since July when about 70,000 infections were being reported daily.  

The national infection rate started increasing just over a week ago and almost half of states are still seeing an uptick. 

Deaths, however, have been trending downwards across the country with an average of 780 people currently dying per day. 

On Sunday, 230 Americans died from COVID-19 - the lowest daily toll since July. There is often a lag in weekend coronavirus reporting. 

It comes as the overall death toll neared 200,000 on Monday.

The average number of COVID-19 cases per day was at just over 40,000 on Sunday. Cases, on average, had been trending downwards nationally since July when about 70,000 infections were being reported daily

Deaths, however, have been trending downwards across the country with an average of 780 people currently dying per day. On Sunday, 230 Americans died from COVID-19 - the lowest daily toll since July. There is often a lag in weekend coronavirus reporting

Deaths, however, have been trending downwards across the country with an average of 780 people currently dying per day. On Sunday, 230 Americans died from COVID-19 - the lowest daily toll since July. There is often a lag in weekend coronavirus reporting

Currently, more than 199,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and there have been more than 6.79 million confirmed cases. 

The uptick in cases comes after health officials had warned there could be increases following the Labor Day weekend. 

About 24 states have seen an increase in new cases in the past week.  

North Dakota, Wisconsin, Utah, Arkansas and Montana have all reported record single-day spikes in cases in the last few days. 

In North Dakota, cases surged by a record 507 infections on September 18 and now total more than 17,900.

Cases in Montana spiked by 292 on September 19, bringing the state's total to over 10,200.

Wisconsin has continued to have record daily cases with the highest being on September 18 when more than 2,500

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