US coronavirus infection count hits 8 million as third 'surge' underway, reports say

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Coronavirus infections in the US have reached more than 8 million, with spikes in nearly every state prompting fears of a third “surge” nearly eight months after an outbreak that has killed more than 217,000 people.

At least 17 states have seen case spikes higher than any other point during the pandemic.

“After a month of warning signs, this week’s data makes it clear: The third surge of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States is underway,” according to The COVID Tracking Project.

New infections jumped by 18 per cent this week, bringing the seven-day average of new daily cases to more than 51,000, the organisation reported.

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