The United States reported 94,704 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the fourth straight day that the daily tally fell below six figures after climbing as high as 300,000 last month.

Before Sunday, the U.S. hadn’t recorded fewer than 100,000 daily cases since Nov. 2, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. The toll hit a record-high of 300,282 on Jan. 2.

But even as the numbers decrease and vaccines slowly trickle in, health officials warn not to abandon safety measures such as face masks and social distancing, particularly with newer, more contagious variants of the virus becoming more prevalent.

The U.S. currently has reported approximately 27.3 million coronavirus cases and 472,000 related deaths — both tops globally — according to the Johns Hopkins tracker.

As of Thursday, the country has administered approximately 44.8 million of its 66 million available coronavirus vaccine doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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