By Adam Martin
Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. were up from a day earlier but continued their overall downward trend, as more states rolled back virus-related restrictions.
There were more than 50,000 new cases reported in the U.S. for Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and published early Tuesday morning Eastern time. That was up from 29,367 a day earlier but down from 56,696 a week earlier. About a third of states don’t report cases on weekends.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases was 49,619 as of Monday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The 14-day average was 52,466. 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 U.S. has reported more than 32.47 million cases overall.
More than 40% of adults in the U.S. have now been fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. But the average number of vaccine doses administered each day is declining. An average of 2.3 million doses were administered each day in the U.S. over the past week, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of CDC data, down from 2.8 million at the same time last week.
There were 483 deaths initially reported for Monday, according to Johns Hopkins data, up from 325 a day earlier but down from 476 reported a week earlier. The U.S. death toll is now at more than 577,500.
New York and New Jersey are lifting most capacity limits on businesses put in place last spring as more people get vaccinated and infections continue to decline. Capacity limits will end May 19 for retail stores, restaurants, gyms, amusement parks, salons, barber shops, offices, museums and theaters, state officials said.
Businesses will be limited only by social-distancing measures, which require patrons and parties to be kept 6 feet apart. Both states are keeping their indoor mask mandates.
In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was immediately suspending any Covid-19 related emergency orders, including those issued by localities. Connecticut previously ended many capacity restrictions and said in April that it would end all restrictions on businesses beginning May 19, except for indoor masking requirements.
Los Angeles County, where cases and deaths surged late last year and in January, reported no Covid-19-related deaths Monday for the second day in a row. Sunday was the first day in more than a year that the county reported no such deaths, though the Los Angeles Times cited officials who warned that Sunday’s number might be artificially low because of weekend reporting delays.
World-wide, more than 153.55 million infections have been reported in total, Johns Hopkins data show, and more than 3.2 million people have died.