The average number of Covid-19 cases recently reported in the United States has dropped below 30,000 and is steadily declining as more of the nation is vaccinated against the deadly disease.
The seven-day average was 25,270 as of Sunday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and the 14-day average was 29,241. It was the second day in a row that the two figures were below 30,000, the first time they have been at this level since last June.
At least four states, including Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, have more than half of their populations fully vaccinated, according to a Wall Street Journal data analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, more than 39% of people have been completely vaccinated and more than 49% have had at least one dose of vaccine.
An average of 1.8 million vaccine doses were administered each day over the past week, compared to two million a week earlier.
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins, 12,853 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the United States on Sunday. That was down from 16,864 a week earlier. About a third of states do not report cases or deaths on weekends.
Hospitalizations have also been reduced, as the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows 27,823 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the country, up from 44,622 a month ago.
According to Johns Hopkins, 190 deaths were recorded, up from 262 a week earlier. The latest daily figures bring the overall number of cases reported in the US to more than 33.1 million and the number of deaths to almost 590,000.
Two leading vaccines offer reduced but still significant protection against a coronavirus variant first identified in India, according to a UK study. The findings add to the evidence that existing vaccines are widely effective against most circulating variants of the virus, especially to prevent serious illness and death.
With the number of people vaccinated growing steadily, communities in the United States are considering whether or how to put on masks or how to put on masks, now that the CDC has changed its guidelines to say that vaccinated people can congregate without them in most cases.
According to Johns Hopkins, nearly 167.2 million cases have been reported worldwide and more than 3.46 million people have died.