U.S COVID-19 cases at the lowest since October 2020

The number of recent reports of coronavirus cases has been dropping in the U.S with over 107,060,274 doses being given and 135,847,835 doses distributed. Although 21% of the population has received at least one dose, a top government expert on infectious disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that the restrictions should not be lifted too soon. The newly reported cases have been down considerably below 40,000 for the first time since October 2020 when the numbers were at 39,471.

According to the data compiled by John Hopkins University and publicized this Monday morning, there have been more than 37,000 new cases reported in the U.S on Sunday. This a drop in comparison with the 53,215 for Saturday and 40,966 from a week before. The COVID-19 cases have been dropping rapidly over the past three weeks since the high numbers of around 300,000 registered in January. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of John Hopkins data, the moving average for newly reported cases in the U.S which has smoother out all irregularities in the data was 54,062 as of Saturday.

The 7-day average is lower than the 14 day average since the 2nd of March, indicating that the new cases are falling. The 14-day average was 57,530. John Hopkins data also revealed that there had been a significant drop from the, 725 deaths reported on Saturday to 500 deaths reported on Sunday. The number has also dripped from the 678 reported the week earlier. States across the country are gradually discovering unreported deaths that are causing data confusion amidst the plunging downwards of COVID-19 deaths.

The issues majorly involve systems that only attempt to report COVID-19 data in near real-time and, not deaths reported more slowly through death certificates. These frontline figures are fueling state dashboards and data trackers like that of John Hopkins'. The state of Ohio announced in February an additional 4,000 deaths while reconciling its date, Indiana on the other hand added about 1,500.

Other revisions have recently arrived from Virginia, Minnesota, and Rhode Island. Authorities in West Virginia on Thursday said medical providers didn't report the 168 deaths properly to the state's public health department. Dr.Fauci on Sunday warned that measures be put in place to avoid another COVID-29 surge like Europe if the U.S lifts restrictions too soon. He also appealed to former President Donald Trump to urge his supporters to get vaccinated. Dr. Anthony Faucu, the director of the U.S National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that if new COVID-19 infections peaks at 60,000 a day, there will be a risk of another surge.

He said, " That's the thing we want to avoid because we are going in the right direction. That's why I get so anxious when I hear pulling back completely on public health measure, like saying, 'No more masks, no nothing like that.'" Generally, there have been over 29.43 million COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S and more than 534,000 people have died based on John Hopkins data. Globally, over 119.88 million cases have been reported and 2.65 million people have died.

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