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Data: Compiled by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and state health departments. Kansas, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming surpassed records from the previous week.

The big picture: The pandemic is getting worse again across the country, and daily coronavirus cases have risen in the U.S. for six straight weeks, according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios. The U.S. reported over 80,000 new cases on both Friday and Saturday.

Records broken:

  • Oct. 17: Idaho (1,094) and Nebraska (1,286).
  • Oct. 18: None.
  • Oct. 19: Kansas (2,113).
  • Oct. 20: North Dakota (1,036).
  • Oct. 21: New Mexico (827).
  • Oct. 22: Indiana (2,880) and Montana (932).
  • Oct. 23: Colorado (1,373), Oregon (550), South Dakota (1,132), Tennessee (3,606), Utah (1,960), Wyoming (426). Although Alabama reported a large spike, the health department was processing a backlog of antigen tests.

Zoom in: Over 1,500 people are currently hospitalized in Indiana, reaching levels previously seen in May. Most counties in the state have a positivity rate of at least 5 to 10%.

What they're saying: "Utah is at a turning point this week, and our hospitals are on the verge of being unable to meet the ever-increasing demand for critical care," Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said in a Saturday statement.

  • Colorado's health department said Saturday that "intensive care unit hospital capacity may be exceeded" in December or January, due to increased contact over the holidays.
  • "The virus is winning," New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) tweeted on Saturday, noting that the state had broken its record for daily hospitalizations. "Please, buckle down and don't give up the fight."

Go deeper: We're numb to the coronavirus

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that New York recorded the most cases during the week of 9/26-10/2 since May, not the start of the pandemic. This piece is also updated to include COVID Tracking Project data, in addition to data taken from state health departments.

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Belgium imposes lockdown, citing "health emergency" due to influx of COVID-19 cases

Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. Photo: THIERRY ROGE/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images

Belgium is enforcing a strict lockdown starting Sunday amid rising coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and a surge of deaths, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday.

Why it matters: De Croo said the government saw no choice but to lock down "to ensure that our health care system does not collapse." Scientists and health officials said deaths have doubled every six days, per the Guardian.

Conference Board predicts economy won’t fully recover until late 2021

Axios Today host Niala Boodhoo (left) and The Conference Board chief economist Dana Peterson. Photo: Axios

The economy will not return to the "pre-pandemic level of activity" until the fourth quarter of 2021, the chief economist at the Conference Board, Dana Peterson, said in an Axios virtual event on Friday, foreseeing "many more quarters of weakness."

Why it matters: Peterson said the economy's recovery will depend on governments reopening businesses and "allowing mobility both internally and externally," as well as on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.