North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has lifted the state of emergency that gave its government extraordinary powers to address the COVID pandemic, the Associated Press reported. The Democratic governor announced last month that he would lift the emergency order Monday, citing provisions in the latest state budget bill he signed that would allow health care providers and regulators to keep responding robustly to the virus. His termination order said the emergency ends late Monday night. The move comes as U.S. known cases of COVID are continuing to ease based on numbers provided by a New York Times tracker, although the true tally is likely higher given how many people are testing at home, where the data are not being collected. The daily average for new cases stood at 99,832 on Monday, according to a New York Times tracker , down 18% from two weeks ago. Cases are falling in almost every state and are down 20% or more in more than a dozen states. The daily average for hospitalizations was down 4% at 42,072, while the daily average for deaths is up 10% to 489. Globally, the confirmed case tally rose above 591.2 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns 2Hopkins, while the death toll is above 6.43 million with the U.S. leading the world with 93 million cases and 1,037,462 deaths.