The average daily number of Covid cases in the US is less than half of the level recorded in early May, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The country averaged 23,407 new infections per day for the past week, down from about 49,600 on May 1, a 53% decrease.
Federal data shows that the US reports an average of 1.7 million vaccinations per day and nearly 50% of the US population has received one dose or more.
Covid cases in the USA
The seven-day average of daily Covid cases in the US is 23,407 on Wednesday, 23% less than a week ago and 53% since the beginning of the month, according to Johns Hopkins data.
The number of cases has not been so low since June 2020.
The average daily caseload in 44 states and the District of Columbia has dropped 5% or more in the past week, a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data shows.
Elsewhere, the outbreaks are getting worse. India is currently the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, but other countries from Argentina in Latin America to Nepal in Asia have reported record increases in Covid cases in recent weeks.
Covid deaths in the US
The country reports an average of 571 daily Covid deaths over the past seven days, according to Johns Hopkins data.
Wednesday’s numbers include 373 Oklahoma-reported deaths announced by the state as part of an “ongoing effort to investigate and reconcile the backlog of deaths related to COVID-19.” In some situations, state health officials attribute a number of previously unreported cases or deaths to a single day, even though they may have occurred previously.
While this reporting problem makes the latest trend difficult to interpret, the pace of daily nationwide Covid deaths has been declining for weeks.
US vaccine shots given
According to CDC data, an average of about 1.7 million vaccinations were given a day for the past week, 5% fewer than a week ago.
Daily vaccinations have largely declined from their peak of 3.4 million daily vaccinations in mid-April, though the average has been between 1.7 million and 2 million for nearly two weeks.
US percentage of vaccinated population population
Almost half of the US population has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 40% fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania became the tenth state to report that 70% of its adult population is at least partially vaccinated. The other nine states are Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New Mexico.