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U.S. Daily Coronavirus-Case Count Climbs Back Above 50,000

Daily new U.S. coronavirus infections increased from a day earlier, as did the number of people hospitalized.

The U.S. reported more than 52,000 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, up from 41,653 on Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Total cases reported now exceed 7.8 million, with nearly 216,000 deaths.

Latest on the Virus

  • U.S. cases rise by more than 52,000
  • Hospitalizations at highest level since Aug. 29
  • J&J hopes to know within days whether it can resume testing its vaccine

World-wide, more than 38.1 million people have been infected and nearly 1.1 million have died, according to the Johns Hopkins data.

The number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 in the U.S. as of Tuesday was 36,034, the highest since Aug. 29, according to the Covid Tracking Project—though still lower than July’s peaks of more than 59,000.

The seven-day moving average of new infections in the U.S., which smooths out day-to-day fluctuations in the data, was 49,562 as of Monday, and the 14-day average was 46,762. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, as it has been since Oct. 5, it suggests cases are rising.

Vaccines:

Johnson & Johnson

hopes to know within days whether it can resume testing its Covid-19 vaccine, paused after the unexplained illness of a study volunteer. The illness is “still under investigation and we’re going to let that process play out,” J&J Chief Financial Officer Joseph Wolk said Tuesday. The company hopes the pause will last only a few days, he said.

A federally funded clinical trial testing an experimental

Eli Lilly

& Co. Covid-19 treatment has also been paused, the company said, due to a potential safety concern.

These setbacks, along with

AstraZeneca’s

pause a little more than a month ago, illustrate the challenges of vaccine development. It typically takes years to go from laboratory to distribution, but the pandemic has forced a much more ambitious time frame.

Daily reported Covid-19 deaths in the U.S.

Notes: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Daily reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S.

Note: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Trump administration:President Trump again took aim at his administration’s top infectious-disease expert, Anthony Fauci, after the doctor said a Trump campaign ad had featured his comments out of context and without his permission.

“Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications. ‘No problem, no masks,’” Mr. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, linking to a CNN article on Dr. Fauci’s criticism of the campaign ad, which features footage of the doctor saying, “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more.”

Dr. Fauci in July bungled the first pitch before a Nationals-Yankees game, for which he blamed a sore arm. The president’s tweet appeared to be a reference to skepticism Dr. Fauci expressed about masks in March, a position he later