By Adam Martin
Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. were up slightly from a day earlier but maintained their downward trend.
The U.S. reported more than 66,000 new cases for Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and published Friday morning Eastern time. That number might update later in the morning. It was higher than the 62,857 reported a day earlier but lower than the 74,289 reported a week earlier, and brought the national total to nearly 31.93 million.
Deaths also rose from a day earlier, with the U.S. initially reporting 919 for Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins data. That was higher than the 842 reported a day earlier and the 908 reported a week earlier. The national death toll is now more than 570,000.
The seven-day moving average of daily reported cases, which smooths out irregularities in the data, was 62,962 for Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The 14-day average was 67,122. When the seven-day average is lower than the 14-day average, as it has been since Saturday, it indicates cases are falling.
Deaths also trended downward, but the difference between the seven-day average and the 14-day average narrowed. The seven-day average was 704 as of Wednesday, and the 14-day average was 718. That difference was the lowest since deaths began trending downward on April 14, and Wednesday was the first day since then that the difference was less than 100.
The seven-day average number of daily vaccine doses administered fell slightly to 2.9 million from three million a day earlier, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. With nearly 27% of the U.S. population fully vaccinated, the country is on track to reach 75% vaccination by July 15, the data show.
The U.S. State Department has added more than 100 countries to its Level Four: Do Not Travel advisory list, citing “unprecedented risks” posed by the Covid-19 pandemic as cases rise again globally. The new additions include Canada, Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, India and the U.K, among others.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles County, which had one of the nation’s highest infection rates at the start of the year, now has one of the lowest per capita of the nation’s 10 most populous counties. Researchers are studying possible reasons for one of the pandemic’s biggest turnarounds, which has occurred despite vaccination rates lower than the national average. Their theories include high immunity caused by previous spikes and a common variant in California that may be keeping out more infectious strains.
World-wide, nearly 144.8 million cases have been reported, according to Johns Hopkins data, and more than 3.07 million people have died.
Corrections & Amplifications
Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. on Thursday are up from a week earlier. An earlier version of this post incorrectly said they were down.