Roughly a month after daily new COVID-19 cases in the United States started climbing again, reaching unprecedented highs by the end of June and plateauing between 60,000 and 70,000 cases per day for the past two weeks, the daily death toll due to the coronavirus took a turn for the worse as well.
On July 29, the number of deaths climbed past 1,400 for the first time since May, as the seven-day average of new reported deaths is clearly trending upwards. For several weeks, the resurgence in new cases had been accompanied by claims from President Trump that deaths are “way down” and that the increase in cases was mostly caused by a high testing rate. The fact that deaths naturally trail case numbers by a couple of weeks was, perhaps willfully, ignored.
As several states reported record numbers of coronavirus deaths this week and the total death toll climbed past 150,000, the situation looks more serious than ever, though, and a return to lockdown looks more and more likely.