Peter Wells in New York
The US reported its smallest increase in coronavirus deaths in two weeks on Monday, while new infections again hovered around the 40,000 mark.
The national death toll rose by 287, according to data from Covid Tracking Project, down from 327 on Sunday and compared with 404 a week ago. It was the smallest daily increase since the Labor Day public holiday on September 7. Monday figures tend to be lower than other days of the week owing to weekend delays in reporting.
The national tally of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 39,467, up from 36,925 on Sunday and compared with 33,864 last Monday.
Among the notable daily increases were California (3,294), Kansas (1,674) and Michigan (1,575).
Florida (1,685) reported its smallest jump in new infections in about three months.
Texas (1,742) reported its smallest daily increase in new Covid-19 infections in almost two weeks, but revealed a large backlog of more than 7,000 historical cases.
That puts it on the cusp of becoming the second US state to confirm 700,000 infections since the start of the pandemic.
Owing to several days last week when the number of new infections rose by more than 40,000, the rolling seven-day average of cases in the US today reached a 20-day high of 41,115 a day.