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New U.S. COVID-19 deaths down; cases under 100K for 1st time since November

New U.S. COVID-19 deaths down; cases under 100K for 1st time since November
Masked fans take photos at the NFL Experience near the Tampa Convention Center ahead of Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla., on Friday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 8 (UPI) -- New COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States have reached significant lows, according to updated data on Monday -- with the former falling below 100,000 for the first time since early November.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there were only about 88,000 new cases on Sunday. That's the lowest one-day figure since Christmas Day and the first time since Nov. 2 that new U.S. cases have been below 100,000.

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For much of January, new cases nationwide exceeded 200,000, according to the data.

The additions Sunday continued a very pronounced decline in U.S. cases since almost 300,000 were reported for a single day in the first week of January.

There were just under 1,300 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States on Sunday, the data show, the lowest single-day toll since late December.

Although cases have seen a significant downward trend in recent weeks, deaths nationwide have continued to set records in recent days and weeks. The all-time high for deaths in a single day, more than 5,000, was set on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a little more than 27 million cases and about 463,500 related deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be part of a virtual tour Monday afternoon for a vaccination site at the football stadium in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix, the White House said.

Biden's White House COVID-19 Response Team will hold a briefing at 11 a.m. EST.

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