U.S. reports huge decline in COVID-19 cases; but numbers may be misleading

By Dakin Andone and Madeline Holcombe, CNN

(CNN) — The United States is seeing a large decline in new Covid-19 cases — but there’s a major caveat.

According to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the US is seeing a 29% decline in new Covid-19 cases compared to this time last week, the steepest one-week decline the country has seen during the pandemic.

Improvements have been made; in a White House briefing Friday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the US continues to see a five-week decline, with the seven-day average of cases declining 69% since peaking on January 11.

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