By David Hall
Recently reported coronavirus cases in the US declined as President Biden moved forward on the schedule to expand eligibility for vaccination.
The United States reported more than 61,000 new cases by Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was released early Wednesday morning. The data can be updated later. Not all states report data on new cases on a daily basis. Tuesday’s figure was lower than Monday’s revised tally of 77,794, when several states resumed reporting after Easter weekend.
The seven-day average, which smoothes out irregularities in data submission, was 64,662 on Monday, while the 14-day average was 65,224, according to an analysis of data compiled by the Wall Street Journal by Johns Hopkins University. When the seven-day average is lower than the 14-day average, it indicates that cases are declining. Monday was the first time that happened since March 23.
The country reported 896 deaths from Covid-19 by Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 556,500, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
Vaccination programs in the US continued to advance. About 19% of people in the U.S. are now fully vaccinated, with an average of 3 million doses given each day for the past week, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control. and Disease Prevention. Vaccination levels vary by state. In New Mexico, 26.3% of residents are fully vaccinated, while in Georgia, the figure is 13.4%, according to CDC data.
On Tuesday, President Biden said that all American adults should be eligible for vaccines by April 19, speeding up a schedule he set last month, and urging Americans to be patient and take precautions as the rollout continues. and new variants spread. All states have said they would meet that schedule. Biden had previously asked states and territories to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1. He stressed Tuesday on calling on older people, who are most vulnerable to serious illnesses, to get vaccinated. He also said that the United States has surpassed 150 million shots since he took office.
California plans to fully reopen its economy on June 15 assuming there is a sufficient supply of vaccines for everyone over the age of 16 and that Covid-19 hospitalizations remain low. At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said getting the vaccine out quickly was the key to reopening. So far, the state has administered more than 20 million doses. The Democrat said he expected that number to reach 30 million by the end of this month. Encouraged by the launch of the vaccine, California is now experiencing an average of five new cases per week per 100,000 residents, down from the peak of more than 100 in January.