For the first time since March this year, the US has logged lower than 20, 000 new daily virus cases in a week’s average.

The Johns Hopkins University data showed that new COVID-19 cases had fallen to around 17, 248 as of Monday.

But the figure can be lesser than what were recorded as other infections from the weekend as well as during the Memorial Day holiday were not yet listed.

Even so, the figure poses a great achievement after the country has suffered loss for more than a year.

Numbers of people admitted to the hospitals and casualties have been increasing in March 2020. The virus has required at least 80 percent of the US population to be at home.

It was the first of the many devastating increases. The Johns Hopkins University said that infections among Americans have reached beyond 33 million. Deaths, on the other hand, exceeded 594, 000 mark.

But the COVID-19 vaccines have helped the US to come into the right path to confront the health crisis.

“Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining because of the millions of people who have stepped forward and done their part to protect their health and the health of their communities to move us out of this pandemic,”  Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted recently during a briefing at the White House. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city has logged the lowest positivity rate on Tuesday since the pandemic broke out. He said the achievement was reached because of the vaccinations as well as the “willpower of New Yorkers.”

“This is … another clear piece of evidence that New York City is coming back strong,” he said. “Let’s drive Covid out of New York City once and for all.”

According to the data of the CDC, more than half of the country’s population have already got their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Anti-virus restrictions have been relaxed by the governors nationwide as mask mandates have also been lifted in almost every US state.