COVID cases are increasing in those states where the votes are still counted.

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), it has been reported that the average daily number of coronavirus cases is increasing in Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

The three states belong to a handful of war zones where a total of more than one million votes remain to be counted (as of Thursday, 10:00 a.m. ET).

Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania have each seen an increase in average daily case numbers in the last 14 days from October 22 to November 4, according to the JHU.

At the time of writing, Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania had at least 86 percent of the expected votes counted, according to Reuters.

Just one day after the election, the U.S. reported a record high of more than 100,000 new infections – the highest increase in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the JHU.

Here we take a closer look at the outbreak in Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania. The daily case numbers listed below reflect a seven-day moving average of new daily infections reported from October 22 to November 4.

Pennsylvania
Day 1 (22 October): 1,708.43
Day 14 (November 4): 2,523
Highest daily number of cases in a 14-day period: 2,523 on November 4
Lowest daily number of cases in a period of 14 days: 1,708.43 on October 22

The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Pennsylvania, a state with a potential inflection point, has increased since late September. The number started to decline in early April and increased from mid-June to late July before flattening out by the end of September, according to the JHU.

The total number of confirmed cases in the state is approaching nearly 223,000 on Thursday, with 8,878 reported deaths, according to the JHU.

Arizona
Day 1 (22 October): 1,002
14th day (November 4): 1.171,75
Highest daily number of cases in a 14-day period: 1,385.14 on October 31
Lowest daily number of cases in a period of 14 days: 1,002 on October 22

The seven-day moving average of daily new infections in Arizona has increased since late September. However, the number has not reached the peak of July 3, when it reached 3,844. The average number dropped sharply from early July and flattened out from late August to late September, according to JHU.

The total number of confirmed infections in Arizona exceeded 250,600 on Thursday, with 6,059 deaths reported, according to the JHU.

Nevada
Day 1 (22 October): 777.43
Day 14 (November 4): 833
Highest daily number of cases in a 14-day period: 944.86 on November 1
Lowest daily number of cases in a period of 14 days: 777.43 on October 22

The seven-day moving average of daily new infections in Nevada has been rising steeply since early September, after falling sharply from mid-July when it peaked at 1,171 (on July 17). The number remained unchanged from the end of March to the end of May, before rising sharply until mid-July, according to the YWAM.

According to the JHU, the total number of cases in Nevada to date has risen to over 104,000, with 1,814 reported deaths on Thursday.

The broader picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 48.2 million people worldwide, including more than 9.4 million in the United States, since its first report in Wuhan, China.

Worldwide, more than 1.2 million people have died as a result of the infection, while according to the JHU, more than 31.9 million are reported to have recovered by Thursday.

The chart below, prepared by Statista, illustrates the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the USA.

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