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- The rate of new COVID-19 infections in the U.S. has slowed, but cases are still on the rise.
- This comes as more states shut down public spaces to comply with public health protocols.
U.S. coronavirus cases rose by about 55,000 on Sunday, a terribly high number but the lowest daily total since July 6, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The number counts as good news considering the nation's struggle to get a drop on rising COVID-19 cases in a number of states.
The Journal reports that there were 54,953 new confirmed cases on Sunday, a decrease of more than 11,000 from the previous day. It's the lowest number since July 6, when approximately 44,943 new cases were reported.
Additionally, the seven-day average for death is showing signs of slowing, with 470 deaths reported on July 26 based on Johns Hopkins CSSE data. This is the lowest number since July 20.
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Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also showcase similar trends, with the seven-day average of new cases steadily plateauing.
The U.S. has reported dips in coronavirus case numbers before, which have sometimes been followed by upticks. More time is required before a solid trajectory can be revealed, especially as Florida’s coronavirus count surpasses that of New York, placing it behind California as the second most highly affected state in the country.
Admiral Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said last Thursday that the U.S. coronavirus death rate is slated to fall over the next few weeks. At the same time, he warns that this is conditional on keeping public health protocols in place.
“Nobody’s letting up their foot from the gas,” he told reporters per CNBC. “If we throw caution to the wind, go back to the bars, this will all go into reverse.”
Nationally, cases have steadily risen since early to mid-June following outings during Memorial Day weekend that broke public health recommendations such as physical distancing and wearing masks in public. Since then, states like Florida, California, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi and South Carolina have seen large spikes in new cases and hospitalizations.
Senate Republicans on Monday are expected to reveal their new coronavirus relief package. The bill is expected to total $1 trillion and include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks to qualifying Americans, billions in school funding and legal protection for COVID-19-related lawsuits.
The total number of cases in the U.S. comes in at 4,238,500, with nearly 147,00 fatalities reported so far.
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