Largely due to the continued spikes in new cases in Brazil and Russia, new cases worldwide continued to pace near their highest levels of the pandemic. There were more newly diagnosed cases worldwide this past weekend than any weekend prior to this pandemic with over 120,000 new daily cases diagnosed. Around the world, there are now 6,278,405 cases, 374,157 deaths, and 2,852,761 recoveries. It’s a reminder that while we continue to make progress in the United States, the threat is still worsening outside of our country. It also illustrates some of the challenges we currently face and could for the foreseeable with international travel.
In the US, we received new data on the Infection Fatality Rate or death rate. According to official government statistics, the death rate in the United States has been 1.4% for those who’ve contracted COVID-19. Total cases in the United States were right in line with the two-week trendline over the weekend. With over 106,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, it is the deadliest virus in the United States since the 1918 pandemic which killed an estimated 500,000 people. We now have 1,837,170 cases, 106,195 deaths, and 599,867 recoveries.
In Florida, we have 56,163 cases and 2,452 deaths. We saw a bit of an increase in new cases over the weekend, just above the recent trendline. This as we’re now a month into reopening in most of the state. For the first time, the Florida Department of Health released antibody test information and it revealed 4.4% of those tested positive COVID-19 antibodies, which compares to 12.3% in New York state.
Florida continues to outperform the country as a whole. The overall positive test rate in Florida dropped to another new low over the weekend. 5.5%-exactly half of the peak rate of 11%. As a reminder, the newest diagnosed cases are new cases obtained through community spread. This reinforces the importance of adhering to the warnings of public officials including social distancing and wearing masks in public.
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