Average of daily new coronavirus cases below 90K for first time since November
The seven-day average number of coronavirus cases reported in the U.S. has fallen below 90,000 for the first time since November.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day average as of Sunday was 87,845 cases.
As The Washington Post reports, the data comes as 56,000 new coronavirus cases were reported on Monday, though the newspaper notes the number is likely much lower due to the President’s Day holiday.
The Post notes that some experts are attributing the trend to increased vaccinations, a lower rate of testing or seasonal patterns that viruses like COVID-19 follow, decreasing as the winter continues.
According to data from the World Health Organization, cases have begun to drop globally after spiking in early January.
The daily number of new coronavirus cases dropped below 100,000 last week, also for the first time since late November. The last time Johns Hopkins recorded fewer than 100,000 daily cases was on Nov. 2. Just under 87,000 cases were reported on Feb. 7.
Though the number of recorded cases are lower, the number of daily reported deaths has risen in recent days, with 5,520 deaths reported on Feb. 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Nearly 53 million people have received at least one of two shots of the coronavirus vaccine, with just over 14 million having received their second dose.
The U.S. has recorded more than 27 million coronavirus cases and over 482,000 deaths in total, according to the CDC.