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These three states now have the worst COVID-19 infection rates of anywhere in the world

Arizona, California, and Rhode Island have the highest records of COVID-19 infections per capita, being among the hardest-hit places by the pandemic worldwide.

While the country is tackling the new strain of the coronavirus, three states—Arizona, California, and Rhode Island—have reported staggeringly high numbers of infections in the past weeks, with Arizona currently reporting the highest rate of infections per capita, according to a data analysis by NBC News. 

The latest data reports of the new infections reveal the grave situation in the U.S, during this critical moment of the pandemic. Arizona, with 785 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, has recorded the highest rate of infections per capita in the world, in comparison with 653 cases per 100,000 people which was reported by the Czech Republic, the country with the highest rate of infections per capita. Rhode Island has reported 671 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, followed by California, with 658 cases per 100,000 people. 

Reviewing the latest figures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged people to avoid gatherings and limit travel, while experts speculate that the total number of cases might still go up with the onset of holidays.

Public health officials have also raised their concerns over the rapidly spreading new strain of the coronavirus across the country, which has now already been reported in California, Colorado, Florida, and New York. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force, said in a statement, “It is a very big concern and it is a strain that is obviously around the world and you are going to find over the days ahead it is in many locations in the United States”. 

ARTICLE: LIDIYA SHILU

PHOTO CREDITS: ROSS D. FRANKLIN/AP 

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