The COVID-19 increase caused by the Omicron variant continues to slow in the United States, where the nation reports a 7-day average of 175,492 new daily cases with 2,458 daily deaths, according to Washington Post tracker.
New daily cases fell 42% in the past week, deaths fell 6%, and admissions fell 19%.
The United States reported 32,531 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 441 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker.
The decline in cases – almost 2 years into the pandemic – has prompted lawmakers across both sides of the issue to lift pandemic restrictions in states and cities.
Late last week, Republican members of Congress said it was time for President Biden to end the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), which is set to expire on April 15.
“Although PHE was certainly needed at the beginning of the pandemic, it was always meant to be temporary. Our country is now in a very different situation than we were when PHE was originally adopted,” the GOP members wrote of Congress in a letter, according to National Public Radio.
Americans split over mask mandates
The US public, meanwhile, appears to be divided over COVID-19 measures. Fifty-six percent of Americans say their states should have mask mandates, according to a new one CBS News / YouGov polland 53% say they still feel patient about COVID-19 security measures.
Only 47% of respondents said that the pandemic response is going well right now, compared to 64% at the end of July, before the Delta and Omicron variants led to new increases in virus activity.
Among parents, 57% said they support masking in schools, while 36% said they would like masks to be optional.
One of the largest employers in the country, Walmart, announced that employees who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks, ABC News reports. The policy takes effect immediately.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Data Tracker shows that 64.4% of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 75.9% have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 42.8% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a booster dose.