The country reported 29,293 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. This was up from 27,819 the day before, but down from 35,878 a week earlier.
It was the fifth consecutive daily toll below 30,000, a figure not seen in the country since last June, as the increase in vaccinations has helped change the trajectory of the pandemic.
Not all states report their data on a daily basis. The seven-day moving average, which helps smooth out irregular state reporting schedules, was 30,263 on Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The 14-day average was 33,497. Both averages have been down for over a month.
In all, more than 33 million cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins. There were 655 registered deaths in the country on Wednesday, bringing the country’s death toll to nearly 588,000. Wednesday’s figure was down from 760 a day earlier and 849 a week earlier.
The declining number of cases comes as more Americans are vaccinated against Covid-19. Nearly 38% of the population has now been fully vaccinated and nearly 48% have received at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Immunization levels vary by state. In Maine, more than 50% of people have been fully vaccinated, while in Mississippi, 26.2% have been. Nationally, the pace of vaccinations has slowed. The average daily number of doses administered over the past week is 1.8 million, according to an analysis from the CDC Data Journal. This is down from 2.2 million the previous week and 3.4 million in mid-April.
New York, where 43.4% of residents have been fully vaccinated, officially reopened on Wednesday. Fully vaccinated people can now dispense with masks in most outdoor environments and in many indoor environments, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo said companies could still screen customers for vaccination or continue to require masks for vaccination. all.
The European Union, meanwhile, has taken a step toward opening its borders to fully vaccinated travelers, triggering a wave of questions among those hoping to make it to the continent. The decision, taken on Wednesday by the ambassadors of the 27 member countries, still needs to be formally approved by national leaders, which could take place as early as Thursday.
Globally, nearly 165 million cases of Covid-19 have been reported in total and more than 3.4 million people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins.