Far more important than the raw number of COVID-19 cases, of course, is the number of people who either are hospitalized with or die from the virus. And neither of those figures have shot up as quickly as the number of new infections has. In the last week of April, daily deaths averaged more than 2,000. That average has been around 600 for the past week. COVID-19’s case fatality rate—the percentage of those confirmed positive with the coronavirus who later died from it—peaked at nearly 6.1 percent in mid-May. It’s down to about 4.3 percent now.