Mortality from the coronavirus has also fallen from the previous week to an average of 658 deaths a day, from July.
New cases of COVID-19 in the United States are declining for the third week in a row, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), amid delayed vaccination, which worries could hamper efforts to achieve immunity. the herd.
According to data collected by the CDC, the country registered a seven-day weekly average of 52,528 new cases on Monday, down 16.2% from the previous week.
COVID-19 deaths also fell 8.2% from the previous week, to an average of 658 deaths a day, compared with the number of deaths in July last year.
Nearly one-third of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, and just over 43 percent have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.
But there are concerns about the recent drop in vaccination rates, which fell 10 percent from the previous week.
Asked when the nation can achieve herd immunity, President Joe Biden said on Monday, “I think by the end of the summer we will be in a very different situation than we are now … I ask everyone to get vaccinated now, please. ”
More than 32 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 since the virus spread last year, and more than 577,000 have died, the highest number in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
But the recent decline in infection rates has prompted some state and local leaders to ease some restrictions on the coronavirus.
On Monday, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced they would lift most business capacity restrictions, including retail stores, grocery services and gyms, starting May 19th.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the decision was based on a steady decline in the positive rate of tests and hospitalizations for COVID-19.
The percentage of New Yorkers with positive coronavirus tests has fallen by 50 percent in the past month, and hospitalizations have dropped by nearly 40 percent over the same period, he said Monday.
“New Yorkers have made tremendous progress,” Cuomo said. “It’s time to adjust the decision on science and data.”
Amusement parks, salons and offices are among the other businesses that will soon no longer be subject to state-imposed capacity limits, although all companies can still set their own limits.
“We were able to announce the lifting of business restrictions due to a nationwide vaccine distribution program that benefits all Connecticut residents and our neighbors in New York and New Jersey,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said in a joint statement with Cuomo. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
The opening on May 19 in New York precedes the plan that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined a few days ago to fully open the city on July 1.
Also Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he was signing an executive order revoking and terminating all local emergency orders for COVID-19, saying widespread vaccination made it safe.