U.S. Seven-Day Average Of Daily New Cases Drops Below 90,000 For First Time Since Early November

February 16, 2021

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Source: The Washington Post, by Paul Schemm, Erin Cunningham, Jacqueline Dupree and Kim Bellware

Newly reported coronavirus infections in the United States continued their steep drop, with about 56,000 new cases reported Monday, though the figure may be artificially low due to the holiday. However, the seven-day average, considered a more reliable measure, has dipped below 90,000 a day for the first time since early November.

Scientists have been split about the reasons for the drop, citing increased vaccinations, decreased testing, improved social distancing habits and the seasonal patterns of these kinds of viruses. Meanwhile, cases of the more contagious variant first identified in Britain are rising: Only 293 cases were reported in late January.By Feb. 4, there were 611, and the number now is 1,168.

 

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