The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Tuesday that the number of Americans diagnosed with COVID infections in the U.S. has climbed steadily in recent weeks, reaching 6.2 million on Friday.
That was a sharp increase from the previous week’s 6.1 million, according to data from the CDC.
That’s a more than 3-fold increase in the last week.
On Thursday, the CDC reported that the total number of people diagnosed with the disease jumped to 6.6 million, a 10-fold jump in the week that followed.
The CDC reported Tuesday’s numbers also showed a sharp spike in COVID deaths from the virus, which have reached an all-time high of 5,964 in the first nine days of March.
The number of deaths is down significantly from the 4,957 deaths in the same period last year.