Excerpted from CNN by Amir Vera and Eliott C. McLaughlin

The sun could be piercing the clouds in the United States’ coronavirus fight, as the number of new cases declined over two consecutive days, but experts warn different states will see different peaks.

More than 22,000 people have died from Covid-19 since the virus arrived on American shores, according to Johns Hopkins University’s numbers, but the daily tally of deaths dropped Saturday and Sunday, which could be a sign for optimism.

The number of infections — which stood at more than 557,000 on Monday morning — were also down Saturday and Sunday. This comes as US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says cases in some of the country’s hotspots — New York, New Jersey, Detroit and New Orleans — appear to be “leveling off” or even declining. The situations in California and Washington, meanwhile, remain stable.

“In the midst of tragedy, there IS hope,” Adams tweeted Monday. “Social distancing and mitigation is working. There is a light at the end of this dark tunnel, so keep at it.”
Still, many states are in the throes of an intense effort to stem the illness’ spread and save lives. New York crossed the 10,000-death threshold Monday, as its cases topped 190,000, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. New Jersey and Michigan also have frightening death tolls, with more than 2,300 and 1,400 respectively.
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