The United States reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in 50 days.
After recording more than 50,000 infections daily for the fifth consecutive day, new cases sharply fell below that mark on Sunday, and to sub-40000 level the next day, giving indication that infection rate is falling in most states.
With 39,801 new cases reporting in the last 24 hours, the total number of infections in the country increased to 5443162, as per Johns Hopkins University’s latest data.
Likewise, the daily death toll continues to fall after more than 1000 people were dying from the viral disease everyday in most of the last week. On Monday, the casualty rate came down to 496, taking the total death toll to 170548.
New COVID-19 cases declined for the fourth consecutive week, Reuters reported. Daily cases fell by 44 percent last week in Louisiana, while cases decreased by 41 percent in the same period in Arkansas, according to its tally of state and county reports.
Although data shows a falling trend in the number of new cases, a health expert shared his concern to media if that is because there’s been a decrease in testing.
“Testing has fallen by about 20 percent to 30 percent, and so the picture is a little bit muddy,” CNN quoted Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, as saying.
Meanwhile, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) announced it will shift its fall semester to online learning for undergraduates from Wednesday after detecting four clusters of coronavirus cases within a week of reopening.
“We understand the concern and frustrations these changes will raise with many students and parents,” UNC chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and executive vice chancellor Robert Blouin said in a statement sent to students. “As much as we believe we have worked diligently to help create a healthy and safe campus living and learning environment, the current data presents an untenable situation,” they said in the email.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed a new executive order empowering local governments to make it mandatory to wear mask in public.
“This order also protects Georgia businesses from government overreach by restricting the application and enforcement of local masking requirements to public property,” the Republican Governor said in a news release.
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