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- Just more than 24,000 new cases were tallied Monday with 267 deaths.
- The last time the U.S. reported less than 30,000 cases was in late June.
- The number of deaths was also the lowest recorded since early July.
Less than 25,000 new coronavirus cases were reported on Monday, the lowest number of daily confirmed cases in close to 12 weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Just more than 24,000 new cases were tallied Monday with 267 deaths. Over the past week, there have been an average of more than 37,000 U.S. cases reported per day.
The number of daily cases counted Monday is the lowest since the beginning of summer. The last time the U.S. recorded less than 30,000 cases was in late June. The number of deaths was also the lowest recorded since early July.
In July, the U.S. was averaging more than 60,000 cases per day and peaked with more than 77,000 cases reported in a single day on July 17.
The U.S. continues to lead the rest of the world by a large margin in the number of cases and deaths. As of Tuesday morning, the U.S. has confirmed more than 6.3 million infections and nearly 190,000 fatalities since the outbreak first kicked off in late December.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Sunday reported that the infection rate in his state has remained below 1 percent for 30 consecutive days, a significant milestone for a state that was once the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.
Cuomo urged New Yorkers to continue following health guidance such as wearing masks and social distancing to continue the progress.
As the Labor Day holiday has come to a close, there are concerns about possible new spikes in cases after thousands of Americans brushed aside warnings to avoid large gatherings over the long weekend.
A Burning Man-themed party in San Francisco drew more than 1,000 partygoers and was condemned by the city’s mayor.
“This was absolutely reckless & selfish. You are not celebrating. You are putting people’s lives at risk. You are putting our progress at risk. No one is immune from spreading the virus,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said via Twitter over the weekend.