The average daily number of Covid cases in the US is below less than half of the level recorded in early May, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
The country is seeing an average of 23,407 new infections per day for the past week, compared to 49,600 on May 1, a decrease of 53%.
Federal data shows that the US reports an average of 1.7 million daily vaccinations and nearly 50% of the US population has received one dose or more.
US Covid cases
The 7-day average of daily US Covid cases is 23,407 on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins data, a 23% decrease from the previous week and 53% from the start of the month.
The number of cases has not been so low since June 2020.
According to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins data, the average daily case number in 44 states and the District of Columbia has decreased by 5% or more over the past week.
In other countries, the outbreaks are worsening. 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.
US Covid deaths
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 “ongoing efforts to investigate and clear the backlog in COVID-19 deaths.” In some situations, state health departments assign a number of previously unreported cases or deaths to a single day, even if 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 administered
According to CDC data, an average of 1.7 million vaccine shots were given per day over the past week, a 5% decrease from the previous week.
Daily vaccinations have largely declined since peaking at 3.4 million shots per day in mid-April, although the average has been between 1.7 million and 2 million for nearly two weeks.
US percentage of the vaccinated 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 10th 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.