The recorded cases of coronavirus in Michigan are the front runners among the US states

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(Reuters) – Michigan reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Monday to beat the daily record among U.S. states, about a month after restrictions were eased when new cases showed a downward trend.

11,082 cases were reported on Monday, beating an earlier daily high of 10,140 on November 20, bringing the total case load to 779,974.

Michigan is currently the worst hit US state in terms of new cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people for the week ending April 5. It is the only state to report more than 7,000 new cases as of Monday.

After a number of other states, Michigan eased convention restrictions in March by increasing the capacity of gyms, restaurants, pubs, retail stores, and entertainment venues. The relaxation should last until April 19th.

Around the time restrictions were eased in March, the state was reporting about 1,800 new infections daily. In the seven days leading up to April 5, the average rose to over 6,700 cases per day.

There were new viral infections nationwide for a third straight week, and hospital stays also broke an eleven-week streak of declining admissions.

Twenty-seven out of 50 US states reported an increase in new cases in the past week compared to the previous seven days.

Last week, US President Joe Biden urged states to suspend reopening efforts with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to warn of “impending doom” if precautions are not taken seriously.

Vaccinations in the country hit a record for the sixth time in a row. Currently, over 32% of the US population has received at least one dose, and more than 19% have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

Many US states, including Michigan, have already opened vaccinations for anyone over the age of 16.

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