Updated Thursday 10:15 a.m. ET
With coronavirus outbreaks picking up speed in dozens of states, the U.S. is now climbing rapidly toward a new peak in cases that may soon rival the summer surge — when the country hit more than 60,000 infections on average a day for weeks in a row.
On Thursday, U.S. cases spiked higher than they had since late July, hitting more than 71,000 in one day. The seven-day daily average is now more than 61,000 cases a day. New cases have gone up by 30% from two weeks ago.