For the first time in three months, the U.S. recorded fewer than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases.
According to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP), 96,000 new cases were reported on Sunday (February 7), marking the first time since November 2 that less than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country.
In addition to a lowering in cases, hospitalizations also dropped for the 26th day in a row, as did the number of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive-care treatment, which fell to its lowest level since November 19, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 additionally fell 16%, marking the first decline in deaths after four weeks of increases, per Reuters.
The declining COVID numbers come as vaccinations speed up across the U.S. The country is averaging about 1.4 million vaccinations a day with about 9.5% of the U.S. population having been given at least one dose, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It should be noted, however, that U.S. hospitalizations and deaths are still much higher than before the fall and winter case surge.
As of Sunday, more than 26.7 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the U.S., and more than 450,000 people have died from the virus in the country.
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