US has three record-setting days of surging COVID-19 cases

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The US just had three straight record-high days of new COVID-19 cases.

The country set an overall record Friday, with 83,757 people testing positive for the coronavirus. That figure broke the previous record of 77,640 set the day before.

And Saturday was between the two, more than Thursday’s but slightly below Friday’s record, with 83,718 Americans testing positive.

Still, the country’s more telling positivity-test rate, or its percentage of positive tests based on the overall number of those tested, has recently remained steady — and is significantly lower than what it was when the pandemic broke out in the spring.

On Saturday, the rolling seven-day average rate was 6.1 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

That was just up slightly from the rolling weekly average of 5.8 percent Friday — and substantially less than the daily highs of early April, which topped 22 percent.

The country’s daily death toll also has declined markedly.

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