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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update: U.S. Testing Increases, Deaths Fall

A healthcare worker takes a voluntary blood sample to check for coronavirus at Constitution train station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 24, 2020. (Agustin Marcarian/Reuters)

Nearly 200,000 coronavirus tests were conducted in the U.S. yesterday, marking a significant increase in the rate of roughly 140,000 over the past week. While Wednesday’s number surpassed 300,000, that reflected the clearing of California’s backlog rather than increased capacity. Yesterday’s broad-based increase across most states bodes well for the U.S. as it plans to reopen the economy.

With more testing comes higher numbers of confirmed cases. Yesterday, over 31,000 patients tested positive for COVID-19 — the highest number in nearly a week. While the growth of news cases underscores the severity of the domestic outbreak, it is hard to identify how much is attributable to increased transmission versus increased testing.

Chart: Daniel Tenreiro
Data: COVID Tracking Project

In a positive sign, deaths fell yesterday to just over 1,900. The number of deaths over the past week was slightly lower than over the previous week, as the number of deaths in the hardest-hit state of New York continued to decline.

Chart: Daniel Tenreiro
Data: COVID Tracking Project

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