The U.S. reported the smallest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in more than four months on Monday, continuing recent glimmers of hope for the country to manage the pandemic.

According to the Covid Tracking Project, states reported an additional 52,530 infections, compared with 58,702 on Sunday. It was the smallest one-day increase since October 18th.

For the past week, the US has had an average of 64,034 new cases per day. This is the lowest rate since the end of October. This is a decrease of 74 percent from a peak in early January of more than 247,000 cases per day.

However, Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned at the coronavirus briefing at the White House Monday afternoon that the average had dropped over the past five weeks but was still “high” and on The same level is the summer flood when states in the sun belt were among the hardest hit.

The U.S. death toll topped 500,000 for the first time, according to Johns Hopkins University. The Covid Tracking Project, the data of which the Financial Times uses for the analysis, put the death toll at 490,382.

“Our dataset is used there [New York State] reported deaths that do not include the more than 8,000 deaths reported by [New York City]Our total death toll lags behind other trackers, which have recorded 500,000 deaths today, ”Covid Tracking Project said in a Twitter message, adding that coronavirus deaths in the US are“ undersized ”.

Authorities attributed another 1,235 deaths to the coronavirus on Monday, the smallest increase in a day in seven days.

The number of patients currently hospitalized in the United States with coronavirus fell to 55,403, the lowest since early November.

Monday numbers tend to be lower than other days of the week due to delays in reporting on weekends. Even the severe winter weather can still have a dampening effect on data from states due to the closure of test and vaccination centers and power outages.