Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director at the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a press conference with Press Secretary Jen Psaki on April 13, 2021 at the White House in Washington, USA.
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Dr. White House chief physician Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that Covid-19 infections are decreasing in every state in the United States.
“All 50 states have now seen declines in infection rates,” Fauci said in an interview with Axios, suggesting the widespread declines would make it safer for Americans to resume activities such as indoor dining.
The US reports on average about 31,200 new cases per day in the past weekData compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows an 18% decrease from a week ago. Case numbers have been falling since the country’s last peak about a month ago in mid-April, when the country recorded more than 71,000 cases per day.
Fauci did not provide the length of time over what period these declines in state-level infections have occurred. A CNBC analysis of the Hopkins data shows the average daily caseload in 40 states has decreased by 5% or more over the past week.
The data is cloudy in some places, such as in Alabama Hopkins says has published lagging case numbers in the past few days, making it difficult to interpret the latest trend.
Fauci’s statement suggests that the outbreak is weakening across the country, rather than being more confined to one particular state or region responsible for the declining numbers.