• The US is recording a second surge of coronavirus cases center in the South and West, after states in the Northeast got their outbreaks under control.
  • Coronavirus hospitalisations in the US started going up again on June 21.
  • Before that, hospitalisations in the US had fallen for two months.
  • As total case counts continue to climb, the surge in hospitalisations is a worrisome trend that suggest the pandemic is about to get a whole lot worse in the US.
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After weeks of falling, coronavirus cases are increasing in the US.

And while hospitalizations related to Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, had been steadily declining, they've started to climb again this week, too.

As case counts continue to rise, the surge in hospitalisations suggests the pandemic is about to strain the US healthcare system.

Already, hospitals in states like Arizona that are experiencing surges in hospitalisations are sounding the alarm. By June 8, the number of people on ventilators quadrupled since the state reopened on May 15.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott banned elective surgeries in four counties to preserve bed space and paused plans for any further reopenings, as statewide hospitalizations related to Covid-19 have hit record highs. Florida's intensive care unit capacity has been strained as it encounters a surge in new cases.

Here's a look at how US Covid-19 cases compare to Covid-19 hospitalisations, according to data compiled by The Covid Tracking Project.

To be sure, in the months since the pandemic first hit the US, the country has drastically ramped up its testing. We are now picking up more mild cases of the disease, which will likely mean that hospitalisations won't track cases as closely at it did in the early days of the pandemic.

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