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WHO: Rate of new coronavirus cases is declining worldwide

In the last week, the number of new COVID-19 cases has declined by 16 percent worldwide, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with North America, South America, and Europe seeing the biggest drops in new infections. Additionally, there has been a 10 percent drop in the number of global deaths.

The United States has seen its number of new infections fall by 23.7 percent over the last week, with experts saying there are a few reasons why this is happening, including the fact that more people are receiving the coronavirus vaccine and the adoption of social distancing measures.

The Washington Post examined case data, and found that the rolling daily average of new coronavirus infections in the U.S. hit a record high of 248,200 on Jan. 12, and has steadily decreased ever since. On Sunday, the average was 91,000, the lowest number since November.