For three consecutive days, the US has reported fewer than 50,000 new daily cases of coronavirus, according to tallies from Johns Hopkins University.
- On Sunday, Johns Hopkins reported 46,935 new cases and 515 new deaths.
- On Monday, Johns Hopkins reported 49,536 new cases and 525 new deaths.
- On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins reported 46,808 new cases and 1,074 new deaths.
Some context about these numbers: The average number of daily new cases in the US is now more than 54,000 — down from more than 65,000 per day in mid- to late-July.
However, average daily Covid-19 deaths, have hovered above 1,000 for more than two weeks. The country had been below that level for seven consecutive weeks before that.
"We have nothing to celebrate (just) because we're going to 50,000 cases per day. We have a huge amount of morbidity and mortality at our feet right now and in the weeks ahead," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, said Tuesday.
"Even at 18,000 cases per day (as the US had) in mid-May, we were unable to really squelch this," Walensky said.