By Adam Martin
Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rose from a day earlier, as did deaths, but the average daily figures continued to decline, as more states and businesses dropped mask requirements for the vaccinated.
There were more than 53,000 new cases reported in the country for Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and published early Tuesday Eastern Daylight Time. That number might be updated later. It was higher than the 16,864 a day earlier and 36,898 a week earlier. About a third of states don’t report cases or deaths on the weekends.
There were 401 deaths reported for Monday, according to Johns Hopkins, up from 271 a day earlier but down from 404 a week earlier. Monday’s number might be updated.
The seven-day moving average, which smooths out irregularities in the data, was 33,213 as of Sunday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The 14-day average was 37,086. When the seven-day average is lower than the 14-day average, as it has been since April 17, it indicates that cases are declining.
The average number of vaccine doses administered each day during the past week fell slightly. It was most recently 1.8 million, according to a Journal analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That was down from 2.1 million a week earlier.
With 274.4 million vaccine doses administered, about 37% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated and more than 47% has received at least one dose, CDC data show.
New York and Illinois said Monday that they would adopt new federal guidelines on masking and social distancing for fully vaccinated people, while California will wait until next month to make the switch, as state leaders continue to grapple with a quickly changing pandemic picture.
CVS Health Corp. and Target Corp. joined other large retailers in dropping mask requirements for vaccinated shoppers. Walmart Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. said last week that they would do so.
New Jersey schools will be required to reopen full-time, in-person this fall, without remote learning as an option, as infection rates plunge and as more residents become vaccinated against the coronavirus, state officials said.
The Biden administration moved to ramp up Covid-19 vaccine shipments to other countries, following calls for the U.S. to bolster efforts to curb the coronavirus globally as it rages unchecked in developing nations.
An earlier pledge to export 60 million doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca PLC came with little sacrifice since that vaccine hasn’t been authorized for U.S. use. The U.S. now plans to share 20 million doses of vaccines produced by Moderna Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, all of which are being used in the U.S.
In all, the U.S. has reported nearly 33 million cases, with more than 586,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins data. World-wide, some 163.6 million cases have been reported, and nearly 3.4 million people have died.