Daily coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The United States averaged approximately 16,500 daily cases this past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, a 30% decline from the week prior. Daily cases declined in 48 states, while Arizona and Washington state both recorded increases of less than 5%.
When daily case counts were last at this point, the country had just begun to lock down as the coronavirus spread across the country.
In the roughly 14 months since, about 33 million Americans have tested positive for the virus, and 595,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins.
Much of the United States’ recent success in curbing the pandemic is due to the vaccines. In December and January, when the vaccines were authorized and in their early distribution, the U.S. recorded multiple days where new case counts were well above 200,000.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over half of Americans re fully vaccinated. States across the country are reopening as more Americans receive the shot, and in many states all pandemic restrictions have been fully lifted.
Even though the United States is on the verge of beating the pandemic, the virus is still ravaging other regions like India and South America where vaccinations have been slower.
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