Average daily coronavirus cases and deaths in the US continue to fall to record levels, and health experts say vaccinations owe the downward trends.
On Thursday, the US reported 18,991 infections of COVID-19, a 36 percent drop from the 30,141 cases recorded two weeks ago, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data.
While the daily total is higher than the number recorded Wednesday, the seven-day moving average is currently at 15,045, the lowest figure since March 29, 2020, when the seven-day average was 13,988.
Currently, there are an estimated 45 cases per million people in America, a 61 percent drop from the 117 cases per million reported three weeks ago, and a number not seen since March 28 last year, according to Our world in data.
The number of COVID-19 deaths is also declining, with 601 recorded on Thursday, marking the sixth day in a row that the daily fatality rate has fallen below 1,000.
The seven-day moving average currently stands at 447, which is also the first time the figure has fallen below 500 since April 1.
What’s more, between Thursday of last week and this week, a total of 105,318 cases were reported in seven days, and the US could soon see a five-figure weekly total.
Health experts say the improved numbers are due to COVID-19 vaccinations, with 63 percent of U.S. adults receiving at least one dose and 52 percent fully vaccinated.
On Thursday, the US registered 18,991 coronavirus infections with a seven-day moving average of 15,045, the lowest figure since March 29, 2020
There are currently an estimated 45 cases per million people in the US, a 61% drop from the 117 per million reported three weeks ago.
A total of 601 deaths were also reported on Thursday with a seven-day moving average of 447, marking the first time the number has fallen below 500 since April 1 last year.
Coronavirus cases are falling not only across the country, but also in former US epicenters, including New York and California.
In New York, the seven-day moving average of cases is at 473, a 64 percent drop from the 1,349 average cases recorded on May 21, the DailyMail.com analysis shows.
In addition, the average is the lowest in the Empire State since March 15 last year.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday in New York City that new cases of COVID-19 have dropped 95 percent since January, and the positivity rate has fallen by 91 percent, with only 0.81 percent of all tests coming back positive.
“It’s amazing how much progress has been made,” he told reporters at a news conference.
California is also seeing declines averaging 933 cases per day, down from 1,246 reported two weeks ago, representing a 25 percent drop.
The moving average is slightly higher than the figure reported in recent days, but in line with numbers not seen since late March last year, the DailyMail.com analysis shows.
New York recorded a seven-day moving average of 473 cases on Thursday, a 64% drop from the 1,349 average cases recorded on May 21.
California’s seven-day moving average of cases is 933 per day, a 25% drop from 1,246 reported two weeks ago.
And Los Angeles County, which once recorded a COVID-19 death every eight minutes, has seen shockingly low numbers.
Data from the Ministry of Health shows 228 cases were reported on Thursday with a test positivity of 0.4 percent, the lowest since the start of the pandemic.
“Our statistics continue to improve and we continue to see declines in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Public Health, earlier this week.
“Vaccinations save lives and I ask all of you to continue to protect yourself, your friends and your family members by getting vaccinated if you have not already done so. We can put an end to this pandemic with vaccinations.’
Dr Chris Beyrer, professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said: NBC News that the real test will come in the fall, when temperatures drop and more people flock indoors.
However, he believes that a rise in the fall of 2021 or the winter of 2022 will not mirror last year’s rise, when the daily number of cases hit a record high of 300,000.
He said this is because vaccines are not only proven to prevent disease, but also prevent serious illness in the small percentage of people who do get sick.
“We need to get as much attention as we can with these great vaccines because that’s the key to whether or not we’ll have another fall where we’re seeing outbreaks and infections,” Beyrer told NBC News.
Health experts attribute declining numbers to vaccinations: 50.9% of the US population, including children ages 12 and older, have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 41.2% have completed their vaccine series
President Joe Biden’s goal is to immunize 70% of American adults with at least one vaccine dose by July 4, but average daily vaccinations have fallen from more than three million a day in April to less than 1.5 million a day. in June
According to CDC data, 50.9 percent of the population, including children ages 12 and older, have received at least one vaccine dose and 41.2 percent have completed their vaccine series.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of giving 70 percent of adults at least one chance by July 4.
This proved difficult, however, as the number of daily vaccinations fell, from an average of three million a day in April to less than 1.5 million a day today.
As of Friday, only 12 US states have administered at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine to 70 percent of their adult populations.
Nine of the states — Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont — lie to the northeast with only three states, California, Hawaii and New Mexico, to the west.
To encourage more residents to get vaccinated, some governors have announced raffles with large cash prizes and private companies have announced giveaways, including free groceries and vacations to the Bahamas.