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DJ New U.S. Cases Edge Down but Deaths Spike on Backlog

· 02/05/2021 03:56
By Adam Martin

Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. were down slightly from a day earlier, but deaths hit their highest daily tally yet, as a backlog of cases in Indiana was added to the nation's total.

The U.S. reported more than 4,900 deaths for Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The daily tally had been trending generally downward after reaching a peak of 4,466 on Jan. 12.

Thursday's surge in reported deaths includes an extra 1,500 unearthed when Indiana audited its reporting. Without those, the tally is more than 3,400, down from 3,912 reported for Wednesday.

There were more than 119,000 cases newly reported for Thursday in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins data released early Friday Eastern time. That figure may be updated later in the morning. The number was down from 121,469 on Wednesday and 168,620 a week earlier.

Hospitalizations continued their decline, with 88,668 logged for Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. It was the first time the number dipped below 90,000 since Nov. 27.

Vaccinations appear to be speeding up, albeit with some Americans encountering scarce doses and difficulty in making appointments. States and municipalities across the U.S. are rolling out more mass-vaccination sites as the pace of shipments of vaccines increases, with some states reaching a threshold of vaccinating 10% of their residents.

Johnson & Johnson on Thursday asked U.S. regulators for emergency approval for its single-dose vaccine, and Novavax began the process of applying for authorization of its vaccine in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the European Union.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers issued a new statewide mask mandate to combat the pandemic minutes after the state legislature voted to end his last one.

The Democratic governor and Republican-controlled legislature have been battling since spring over how much power the governor has to declare states of emergency and take other steps to control the spread of Covid-19.

Wisconsin's number of newly reported infections each day has been trending downward since a peak in mid-November, but its seven-day moving average was still at about 1,450 as of Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data.

In total, more than 26.6 million cases have been reported in the U.S., and more than 455,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. Globally, more than 104.8 million cases have been reported and upwards of 2.28 million people have died.

Write to Adam Martin at adam.martin@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 05, 2021 03:56 ET (08:56 GMT)

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