After hitting an all-time high for new coronavirus cases in July, the United States recorded 48,646 new cases on Monday, marking the lowest figure in four weeks. The drop comes amid a mix of speculation and hope that some of the sunbelt states that have experienced a surge in infections this summer have plateaued and are beginning to decline.
The hardest-hit state, California, has climbed down from its peak of 12,000 new cases on July 21 to just over 5,100 on Monday. Florida, another state that has seen a surge of positive tests, dropped to 4,752 new cases from its peak of 15,300.
Though the United States is doing far more testing than any other country in the world, several other nations are seeing marked increases in positive diagnoses as well. Australia declared a state of disaster in Victoria state after finding 429 new cases. Hong Kong and China both have seen an uptick in positive tests, and India reported over 50,000 new cases for five straight days.
Despite the summer surge in infections across the United States, the death rate for coronavirus has not approached the levels seen in April and early May.