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US Omicron cases receding in New York, major cities: data

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Omicron waves in the United States are beginning to recede in New York and other major cities, and this week’s official data show, despite the late indicator COVID-19 hospitalization reaching new highs.

The tendency for an explosive rise in Omicron cases followed by a similarly rapid decline follows similar patterns seen in the United Kingdom and South Africa. In this pattern, this variant was first reported in late November.

In New York City, the seven-day average of new cases per day peaked at 40,000 per day and has declined since around January 2. This is the highest ever.

Official trackers said on Friday that the January 10 figure was around 28,500, still higher than was seen in previous waves caused by other stocks.

Similar declines were seen in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, and Washington, the capital.

However, as infectious diseases continue to surge in most states, the national average is still rising, with more than 750,000 cases per day.

Although mild to most people compared to past strains, Omicron’s infectivity means that only a small proportion of people with severe illness reach a large number of overwhelming hospitals.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 157,000 inpatients are occupied by COVID patients, a record high.

At the same time, the country has been faced with national nurse strikes and protests against staff and equipment shortages, as well as being forced to work while COVID is positive.

The seven-day average of daily deaths is over 1,700, approaching the last peak seen during the September 2021 delta variant wave. This was about 1,900 per day.

The highest ever peak was in January 2021, killing more than 3,400 people a day.

Vaccine efficacy remains more than 90% higher for severe cases, according to New York data.

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court hit President Joe Biden by blocking his COVID vaccination or testing obligations on employees of large corporations.

However, the National Supreme Court has granted federal-funded health care workers the obligation to vaccinate.


Omicron cases pass the US peak seen in the Delta, but with less hospitalization


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