U.S. Surpasses 4 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
The United States surpassed 4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a mere two weeks after hitting the 3 million mark, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The surge in confirmed coronavirus cases cannot be explained by increases in testing alone. As testing has expanded in the U.S., the rate of people testing positive should have fallen. Instead, that rate has nearly doubled in recent weeks. While the average number of tests conducted each day has grown by 80% since early June (to 780,000 per day), The New York Times reported Wednesday, daily case counts have grown by 215% in the same period.