Some major cities in the northeastern United States, including New York, were initially hit by the COVID-19 wave linked to the omicron variant, and began to see a reduction in the pollution rate, although the trend remained national.
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These first signs indicate that following a pattern of asteroid growth already observed in South Africa or the United Kingdom, after a rapid fall, the peak may be reached in places.
According to official data from the city, New York had an average of 28,500 daily cases as of January 10, up from 42,000 almost two weeks earlier.
The trend has also slowed in the US capital, Washington, due to the Omicron blow.
The same pattern in Chicago or in some states like New Jersey or Maryland.
However, in the face of the unpredictable virus, many states are still registering increasing case curves, and experts are careful in making hasty conclusions.
The country currently registers an average of 780,000 new infections per day.
The first cases of omicran were detected in early December in the United States, and this variant, which quickly became the majority, triggered a fifth wave of invisible levels since the beginning of the epidemic.
Although Omicron usually causes less severe cases of the disease than the Delta variant, it is more contagious and therefore leads to the spread of infections. The fraction of people who are seriously ill is therefore not the lowest in absolute numbers.
The country is thus recording a record number of hospital admissions, with approximately 160,000 people currently occupying one bed with COVID-19.
The disease kills an average of more than 1,700 people every day in the United States.