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According to the World Health Organization, the number of new coronavirus infections worldwide declined by 19% in the past week, but the number of deaths remained unchanged. In its weekly update on the pandemic, the UN health agency said that over 16 million new Covid-19 infections and almost 75,000 fatalities were reported worldwide last week.
As per the WHO, all other coronavirus types, including alpha, beta, and delta, are declining globally as omicron crowds them out.
US OFFICIALS GET READY FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF PANDEMIC
As Omicron-related infections fall, US health officials said on Wednesday that they are planning for the next phase of the Covid-19 epidemic, including revising CDC recommendations on mask use and beefing up US testing capacity.
The proposals come as an increasing number of US states relax Covid-19 regulations as instances fall. According to CDC data, the seven-day average of daily cases decreased by 40% over the previous week, while the daily hospital admission average decreased by 28% and the average daily mortality rate decreased by 9%.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering additional Covid-19 recommendations, including whether to use face masks, according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, who added that hospital capacity will be a critical measure at the same briefing.
BUSINESSES RETURN TO MORE NORMAL OPERATIONS
For many workers, the American workplace is resembling that of pre-pandemic days for the 1st time in 2 years.
Microsoft, located in Redmond, Washington, said that its West Coast offices would open on Feb. 28 with a hybrid mix of functioning in the office and from home. Facebook parent Meta Platforms, which had intended to return employees to the workplace on Jan. 31, would instead ask them to return on March 28 — with confirmation of a booster injection.
Most office workers would still be told to wear masks and be checked on a regular basis. Front-line workers, such as retail clerks and restaurant workers, will have to adapt to maskless colleagues and clients, whether they like it or not.