Peter Wells in New York
The US reported the smallest daily rise in new coronavirus cases in more than four months on Monday, continuing the recent glimmer of hope for the country’s control of the pandemic.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, states reported an additional 52,530 infections, up from 58,702 on Sunday. It was the smallest one-day increase in the number of cases since October 18.
For the past week, the US had an average of 64,034 new cases per day, the lowest number since late October. This is a 74 percent decrease from an early January peak rate of more than 247,000 cases per day.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned Monday afternoon during the White House coronavirus briefing that while the average has been declining for the past five weeks, it is still “ high ” and comparable to the summer wave when states in the solar belt were among the most affected.
For the first time, the US death toll exceeded a shadow over Monday’s numbers, according to Johns Hopkins University. Covid Tracking Project, the data of which is used by the The Washington City Times for analysis, estimated the death toll at 490,382.
“Because our dataset [New York State] reported deaths, excluding the more than 8,000 deaths reported by [New York City], our total number of deaths lags behind other trackers who today marked 500,000 deaths, “Covid Tracking Project said in a Twitter post, adding that it acknowledged that the number of deaths from coronavirus in the US is” an under-number. “
Authorities attributed a further 1,235 deaths to the coronavirus on Monday, the smallest increase in one day in seven days.
The number of patients currently admitted to the US with coronavirus has dropped to 55,403, the lowest level since early November.
Figures on Mondays are generally lower than other days of the week due to reporting delays over the weekend. Severe winter weather can also still have a dampening effect on state data as a result of testing and vaccination center closures and power outages.