Michigan ends week with 8,400 new virus cases, a big jump

Apr 5, 2021


Credit Office of the Governor / Associated Press

The number of new coronavirus cases in Michigan topped 8,400 Saturday, the highest daily total since early December.

The health department also reported 57 deaths from COVID-19, including 51 that had occurred earlier and were identified through a records check.

“By the recent numbers, we know we’ve got a bit of a reality check happening,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday. “We know that COVID is still very present and it is still a very real threat. We may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but we are still in the tunnel.”

The number of new cases this week — more than 34,000 — was 24% higher than the previous week. At the same time, vaccines are being offered statewide, with the minimum age dropping to 16 on Monday.