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US reports over 45,000 new Covid cases; total 794 new deaths

dpa
Washington
The US reported 45,085 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the national total to 33,321,244.
The country also recorded 794 new deaths on the same day. With this, the Covid death toll in the US increased to 593,148, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. The 7-day average of Covid deaths is 701.
Florida reported the highest number of deaths - 79 - and cases - 3,682.
The weekly average of daily infection is 46,603. This represents yet another decrease of about 12 per cent from the prior seven-day average.
“With the daily cases continuing to fall every day, we are hopeful about these really encouraging trends”, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a press briefing.
The seven-day average of hospital admissions is just more than 3,900.
This represents a back-to-back decrease of almost 10 per cent from the prior seven-day period.
And seven-day average daily deaths have also declined to a new low, Dr. Walensky told reporters.
Speaking in the same news conference, Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci said vaccination in people previously infected with coronavirus significantly boosts the immune response, and likely provides better protection against certain variants of the virus.
In a separate development, the Biden Administration announced that it is setting aside 9.5 billion dollars to support small restaurants and bars that have suffered severe revenue loss during the pandemic. Many restaurants and bars in the US remain partially closed, with reduced revenue and significant pandemic-related debt.

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