Fresh Covid-19 cases for the week ended June 6 were the lowest since mid-March, at 3 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Weekly cases worldwide have been declining for six weeks as the outbreak in India wanes and global vaccination efforts ramp up. The US reported the lowest number of daily cases — 5,455 — since March 2020, when the virus began its rapid spread across the country.
The global toll is also easing, falling from a peak of over 92,000 a week at the end of April to less than 80,000 in the last week of May. A revision of Peru’s fatalities — the country more than doubled its official death count — skews comparisons for the latest week.
Despite the trend, rising cases in places from Uganda to Indonesia are a reminder that the pandemic won’t disappear anytime soon.