The lowest number of new coronavirus cases in the United States since March 25 was observed on Monday, showing a downward trend across the country.
About 17,250 cases of coronavirus were reported on Monday, the lowest number of new cases since about 11,919 cases were reported at the end of March, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
This is seemingly good news for the country with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths from coronavirus.
As of Tuesday morning, there have been 1.9 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and 111,014 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
Although the number of new cases across the country as a whole is trending downward, there are still many states that have reported an uptick in new cases, The Wall Street Journal reported.
In North Carolina, more people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday than any other day during the pandemic.
An outbreak in Vermont also led to at least 62 new infections.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 450 on Saturday, Forbes reported.
Confirmed cases also rose in California, Utah, Arizona, Florida and Texas over the weekend, according to the Johns Hopkins five-day moving average.
“It’s a very mixed picture,” infectious-disease specialist Wafaa El-Sadr told Fox News.
“In some places, we have made amazing progress, and there are other places where I remain very concerned about what’s going on,” she said.
The downward trend in daily new cases comes in part because of progress in states that were hit the hardest by the novel coronavirus, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
“If you take out the impact of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and so on, you’d have a much more worrisome picture of what’s happening in the U.S.,” El-Sadr said.
Upticks in new confirmed coronavirus cases also could be explained by an increase in testing.
In order for states to reopen, the World Health Organization recommended a positive test rate of 5 percent or below.
There have been some questions about coronavirus metrics as some states are reporting “probable cases” and others are not.
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