Health & Fitness Average daily cases and deaths fall to lowest in more than A YEAR
Covid deaths fall to lowest since OCTOBER as US records 80K new cases
New coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose for the third straight week, increasing by 5% to about 450,000 as the rolling-average of daily deaths fell to 783, the lowest since October.'As long as we keep vaccinating people efficiently and effectively, I don't think that's gonna happen,' Fauci told MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday.
Average dailycases and deaths in the U.S. are continuing to fall to record-low levels and health experts say vaccinations are to thank for the downward trends.
On Thursday, the U.S. reported 18,991 infections of COVID-19, a 36 percent drop from the 30,141 cases recorded two weeks ago, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data.
Although the daily total is higher than the number recorded on Wednesday, the seven-day rolling average currently sits at 15,045, the lowest figure seen since March 29, 2020, when the seven-day average was 13,988.
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Imperial College London epidemiologists estimated 0.2 per cent of England's population had the virus in March - or one in 500. For comparison, some 0.49 per cent had the virus the month before.Imperial College London epidemiologists estimated 0.2 per cent of England's population, or one in 500, were infected between March 11 and 30 compared to 0.49 per cent in February, a fall of 60 per cent.
Currently, there are an estimated 45 cases per million people in America, which is a 61 percent decline from the 117 cases per million reported three weeks ago, and a number not seen since March 28 of last year, according to.
COVID-19 deaths are also declining with 601 recorded on Thursday, which marks the sixth day in a row that daily fatalities have fallen below 1,000.
The seven-day rolling average currently stands at 447, which is also the first time the figure has fallen below 500 since April 1.
What's more, between Thursday of last week and this week, a total of 105,318 cases were reported over seven days, and the U.S. could soon see a five-figure weekly total of infections.
Health experts say the improving numbers are because of COVID-19 vaccinations, with 63 percent of American adults receiving at least one dose and 52 percent fully vaccinated.
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NHS England statistics revealed 51 per cent of Covid patients were in younger age groups while 489 per cent were among over-65s who have all been offered at least one dose of the vaccine.NHS England data also shows the life-saving effects of vaccines, with the proportion of infected over-65s needing NHS care having plummetted since the huge inoculation roll-out began.
Coronavirus cases are not just falling across the country, but also in former epicenters of the U.S., including New York and California.
In New York, the seven-day rolling average of cases sits at 473, which is a 64 percent decline from the 1,349 average cases recorded on May 21, the DailyMail.com analysis found.
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Denmark's health minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed on Monday that discussions were taking place between Denmark and other nations over vaccine swaps, but did not say with whom.Meanwhile, it was announced by the Swedish Health Agency on Tuesday that Swedes under 65 who have had one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be given a different vaccine for their second dose.
What's more, the average is the lowest in the Empire State since March 15 of last year.
Meanwhile, in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that new COVID-19 cases are down 95 percent since January, and the positivity rate is down 91 percent with just 0.81 percent of all tests coming back positive.
'It's stunning how much progress has been made,' he told reporters at a press conference.
California also is seeing declines with an average of 933 cases per day, down from 1,246 reported two weeks ago, representing a drop of 25 percent.
The rolling average is slightly higher than the figure reported over the last couple of days, but in line with numbers not seen since late March of last year, the DailyMail.com analysis found.
And Los Angeles County, which was at one time recording a COVID-19 death every eight minutes, has seen shockingly low numbers.
Britain records 2,613 more coronavirus cases and 13 deaths
The Department of Health's new figures come as hospitals across the UK have started to close surplus intensive care units while the number of new patients continues to tumble.Official testing sites picked up slightly more positive results than last Thursday – a 6.9 per cent rise on the 2,445 – but the daily death toll fell by 41 per cent on a week ago, when it was 22.
Department of Public Health data show 228 cases were reported on Thursday with a test positivity rate of 0.4 percent, the lowest ever since the start of the pandemic.
'Our metrics continue to improve, and we continue to see declines in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,' county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said earlier this week.
'Vaccinations are saving lives and I ask each of you to continue keeping yourself, your friends and your family members safe by getting vaccinated if you haven't done so already. We end this pandemic with vaccinations.'
Dr Chris Beyrer, a professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, toldthat the real test will come in the fall, when temperatures drop and more people congregate indoors.
However, he believes that any uptick in fall 2021 or winter 2022 is not going to mirror the surge seen last year, when daily cases hit a record high of 300,000.
He said this is because vaccines have not only been proven to prevent illness, but also in preventing severe disease in the small percentage of people who do get sick.
'We've got to get as high of coverage with these terrific vaccines as we can, as that's the key to whether or not we have another fall where we see outbreaks and infections,' Beyrer told NBC News.
US could see lowest death rate since pandemic's early days by JUNE
B.1.1.7, the coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K., is now causing two out of every three COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to the CDC. This variant is more contagious than older strains.New COVID-19 deaths may fall as low as 1,500 in a week by early June, according to new predictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to CDC data, 50.9 percent of the population, including children 12 and older, have been given at least one vaccine dose and 41.2 percent have completed their vaccine series.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of giving 70 percent of adults at least one shot by July 4.
However, this has proven difficult with the number of daily vaccinations falling, decreasing from an average of three million per day in April to fewer than 1.5 million per day currently.
As of Friday, just 12 U.S. states have administered at least one coronavirus vaccine dose to 70 percent of their adult populations.
Nine of the states - Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont - are in the Northeast with just three states, California, Hawaii and New Mexico, in the west.
To incentivize more residents to get vaccinated, some governors have announced lotteries with large cash prizes and private companies have announced giveaways including free groceries and vacations to the Bahamas.
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Professor Tim Spector, the King's College London epidemiologist who runs the Covid Symptom Study, said he thinks the number of people getting sick with coronavirus will start to drop within two weeks.Official data show that the rate of increase in infections has halved in a week and the Covid Symptom Study estimated that 15,760 people are now getting sick each day, up only a third in a week after doubling a week earlier.