Michael Binparuis, 15, of Nesconsit, New York, will receive a dose of Pfizer BioNTech’s vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID -19).
Shannon Stapleton | Reuters
For the first time in almost a year, the US is reporting an average of less than 30,000 new Covid cases per day.
The seven-day average of new infections is 29,100 on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. This is the first time since June 22, 2020 that the average has fallen below 30,000.
According to federal data, the country reports an average of 1.8 million daily vaccinations over the past week, with 48% of the population receiving one or more shots.
US Covid cases
After around 30,100 reported cases on Thursday, the nationwide average of new infections every day is 29,100. The country had reported fewer than 30,000 cases for five consecutive days as of Wednesday, another milestone not seen since last summer.
The pace of daily infections is down 18% from a week, and a CNBC analysis of the Hopkins data shows daily case numbers in 40 states and the District of Columbia decreased by 5% or more over the past week.
US Covid deaths
The U.S. has an average of 552 Covid deaths per day, according to Hopkins data, the lowest since July.
More than 588,000 deaths from Covid have been reported in the United States since the pandemic began.
US vaccine shots administered
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the U.S. reported an average of 1.8 million shots a day over the past week.
The daily average has decreased by 12% compared to the previous week, but has increased slightly in the last few days. The CDC last week approved expanded use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds, which could help increase vaccination numbers.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
Approximately 48% of the US population has had one or more vaccine, and 38% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Of those over 18 years of age, 60.5% are at least partially vaccinated.