USA marks lowest COVID cases in almost a year

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The United States last week reported the lowest number of new Covid-19 cases in almost a year, with new infections dropping 26% from the previous seven days to just under 180,000, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

The number of active cases has fallen to below 1000, sitting at 930. "Vaccinations are important but other metrics are also important and they're all moving in a good direction at this time".

Ontario labs, however, processed 16,857 tests in the past 24 hours, a notable difference from the seven-day average of 35,240 tests.

According to the Ministry of Health, the province's positivity rate has remained at 6.4 per cent on both Monday and Tuesday, with almost 20,200 tests on May 23 and almost 16,900 tests completed on May 24.

The province recorded an additional 1,039 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday - the last time the daily tally was lower was on March 6 when 990 cases were confirmed.

The numbers reported over the past two days continue a downward trend of infections across the province.

According to the province's epidemiology report, 712 of the cases on Monday and Tuesday were found in Toronto.

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The number of COVID-19 variant cases identified is now 9,025.

Twenty-two of the people in hospital are in the ICU. Of the latest deaths, six were individuals between 40 and 59 years old, 18 were between 60 and 79 years old and nine were 80 years and older.

The number of patients hospitalized with the deadly virus saw a slight bump day-over-day with 1,025 people receiving treatment, compared to 983 on Monday.

The regional data for three confirmed cases is under investigation.

Ontario administered 86,927 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on the holiday Monday for a total of 8.25 million doses.

The Reuters analysis comes as many Americans begin to return to some semblance of normalcy with local governments and businesses beginning to lift mask and social distancing requirements, after the Centers for Disease Control said fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless in most settings.

There were 624 cases in Peel Region and 174 in York Region.

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