Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months

(AP)-  COVID-19 deaths in the United States have tumbled to an average of about 600 per day, the lowest level in 10 months.

The number of lives lost per day has dropped to single digits on average in well over half the states and has hit zero on some days.

Confirmed infections, meanwhile, have fallen to about 38,000 a day on average, their lowest mark since mid-September. While new cases are still cause for concern, they have plummeted 85% from a daily peak of more than a quarter-million in early January.

An infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University says vaccinations have played a crucial role even as the nation struggles to reach herd immunity.