Peter Wells in New York
Coronavirus hospitalizations in the United States fell below 110,000 on Monday for the first time in six weeks, with a majority of states showing declining trends in treated patients.
The number of people currently in US hospitals with coronavirus fell to 109,936 from 110,628 on Sunday, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. This is the smallest number of patients since December 13.
This trend is led by California. Hospitalizations in the most populous state in the United States fell by more than 2,000 in the last day to 18,347, the lowest level since December 21.
However, there are encouraging signs, more broadly, across the country. Kansas and Vermont were the only two states with higher patient counts than a week ago, according to Financial Times analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project.
Another 1,593 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus, up from 1,944 on Sunday, and the least since the 1,395 reported on Monday last week.
Over the past week, the United States has recorded an average of 3,076 deaths per day. That’s down about 8% from its peak in mid-January, but still at a high level.
An additional 133,067 new infections were reported by states, up from 143,691 on Sunday and the fewest since December 25. The United States recorded an average of 165,035 cases per day last week, the lowest rate since December 2.
Monday’s numbers tend to be lower than other days of the week due to weekend delays in reporting, but many states appear to continue to see their trends easing.