The number of daily new COVID-19 infections has shot up almost 50 percent in the United States amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant — with rises even recorded in states with high vaccination rates, data shows.
The US on Tuesday recorded an average of 19,455 new cases per day over the last seven days — up 47.5 percent from the previous week, according to a USA Today analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Forty-three states have seen an increase in infections from the previous week.
Over the past two weeks, cases have also been rising in some states with high vaccination rates, such as New York, Vermont, and California — all of which have fully vaccinated at least 62 percent of their adult residents, according to data.
Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said the spread in highly vaccinated states is “worrisome.”
Cases are even rising in some states with high