In fact, cases have fallen so much that political and cultural news site Axios will no longer keep its weekly virus tracker.
“Nearly every week for the past 56 weeks, Axios has tracked the change — more often than not, the increase — in new COVID-19 infections. Those case counts are now so low, the virus is so well contained, that this will be our final weekly map,” the site reported.
Over the past week, the U.S. averaged roughly 16,500 new cases per day, or 30 percent fewer than last week. Meanwhile, new infections fell in 43 states and held steady in the remaining seven.
“The official case counts haven’t been this low since Americans went into lockdown in March last year — when the pandemic was still new, no one knew how long this would go on, and inadequate testing meant that cases were undercounted,” Axios continued, adding that about 10 percent of the population — 34 million — have tested positive for the virus and some 611,000 have died from it.
So again, clearly the prevalence of COVID-19 is diminishing and the pandemic is waning. So why are "The Vaccinators" still pushing the shots -- and in ways that, frankly, are ridiculous?
The Epoch Times reports what the governor of West Virginia has authorized to get more citizens in his state to take the risky vaccine:
West Virginians who get a COVID-19 vaccination will be entered into sweepstakes to win custom guns or $1 million, Gov. Jim Justice announced on Tuesday. ...
The program will award $1 million to one person each week starting June 20. On the last day, Aug. 4, the state will give $1,588,000 to the winner and $588,000 to the runner-up, Justice said.
“We’re going to give five custom hunting rifles and five custom hunting shotguns away on Father’s Day. And also on Father’s Day, we’re going to make one of you a millionaire. We’re going to give away a million dollars to somebody on Father’s Day,” Justice, who is a Democrat-turned-Republican, told a reporters.
“I’m sure we’ll have a bunch of happy campers,” Justice added.
Well, not really -- that is, not if many West Virginians who go and get the vaccine wind up injured by it.
But wait, as they say, there's more.
"Along with guns, the state plans on doling out college scholarships and pickup trucks. The state is buying the prizes before handing them out, as opposed to receiving donated items to award to vaccine recipients," The Epoch Times notes further, adding that the state is emphasizing only people who have gotten their vaccines are eligible to enter the contest and must register at a state website under construction.
And while Democrats have been the most vocal about forcing Americans to get the shot, Republicans appear to be more eager to offer up cash, prizes and goodies to get people to agree to be vaccinated. This trend was launched by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, ostensibly a Republican, on May 12 with an announcement that five state residents would be paid $1 million in a vaccine lottery-style drawing.
After he made the announcement, Ohio's vaccination rate surged by 28 percent.
“We need to save lives. We need to get Ohio moving forward. The way we do it is through vaccines. This is our ticket out of the pandemic. This is the great tool that we have now,” DeWine said in defending his program.
All that did was inspire others to follow suit -- including Justice in West Virginia.
“I can’t stand for Ohio to get ahead of us on anything,” Justice told reporters. "But just think about this: the faster we get them across the finish line, the more lives we save."
According to the latest figures, only about 10 percent of Americans -- roughly 34 million -- have even tested positive for the virus. We don't need to be vaccinated.