Daily new Covid cases in US dip below 100,000 for first time in months

Daily new Covid cases in US dip below 100,000 for first time in months
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Daily US Times: Average daily new Covid-19 cases in the United States have dipped below 100,000 for the first time in months, but on Sunday, experts cautioned that infections remain high and precautions to slow the pandemic must remain in place.

The seven-day rolling average of new coronavirus infections was well above 200,000 for much of December and went to roughly 250,000 in January, Johns Hopkins University data shows. That average infection dropped below 100,000 on Friday for the first time in months, since 4 November. The figure stayed below 100,000 on Saturday.

Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told NBC: “We are still at about 100,000 cases a day. We are still at around 1,500 to 3,500 deaths per day. The cases are more than two-and-a-half-fold times what we saw over the summer.”

“It’s encouraging to see these trends coming down, but they’re coming down from an extraordinarily high place,” Dr Rochelle added.

She added that new variants of the coronavirus, including one first detected in the United Kingdom that appears to be more transmissible and has already been recorded in more than 30 states, will probably lead to more cases and more deaths.

She said: “We can’t let our guard down” adding that “We have to continue wearing masks. We have to continue with our current mitigation measures. And we have to continue getting vaccinated as soon as that vaccine is available to us.”

The US has recorded more than 484,000 deaths and more than 27.5m virus cases, according to the Johns Hopkins data.

With parents and political leaders eager to have children back in school for in-person learning, it is important to observe precautions, Walensky said.

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