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LATEST: Growing evidence suggests the omicron surge may be beginning to recede in the parts of the U.S. that were first hit by the variant.

1/17/2022 7:52:00 PM

LATEST: Growing evidence suggests the omicron surge may be beginning to recede in the parts of the U.S. that were first hit by the variant.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 850,000 Americans.

Email this articleMike Segar/Reuters, FILESurgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN on Sunday that Americans should not expect a decline in the days to come."This is a very difficult time during this surge. We are seeing high case numbers and hospitalization rates... we're also seeing strain in many of our hospitals around the country," Murthy said."The next few weeks will be tough."

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tests positiveEmail this articleMark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., June 10, 2021."He tested negative several days prior to and every day following contact with the President until yesterday," the statement said.

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COVID-19 deaths notably rise, as hospitalizations dip: Weekly COVID roundupThough still remarkably high, Ohio hospitals saw a decline in their daily COVID-19 patient count this week. However, the state also reported its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in recent memory. Stay safe. Mild viruses do not kill. Because deaths lag behind hospitalizations. 90% of Covid patients in Cleveland Clinic’s ICU are unvaccinated. Get vaccinated if you haven’t already. It’s safe and effective.

Covid-19: No further Covid-related deaths and 2,668 casesThe total number of deaths linked to the virus reported by the Department of Health is 3,035.

Apple is requiring its workers to get COVID-19 vaccine boostersApple is requiring workers to get COVID-19 vaccine boosters as employers start mandating the shots amid the surge in Omicron cases 苹果公司要求员工2019冠状病毒疾病疫苗的启动,因为雇主在OmiCon病例激增时开始强制执行注射。 Yet another reason toss your Apple products in the trash and support open platforms. BITech ESG is like a miniskirt .. a distraction

Extreme winter weather causing business closures and delays at COVID-19 testing siteFollowing an overnight winter storm dumped more than 10 inches of snow in many cities across Northeast Ohio, businesses, parks and institutions announced closures on Martin Luther King Jr. Day due to major snowfall and winter weather.

Covid-19 news: Falling cases in UK suggests omicron wave has peakedThe latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic I'm just hoping all my vaccinated coworkers on quarantine are well enough to come back to work this week. Falling cases or falling reporting? Interesting to see how many standout Brexit-supporting areas won't vaccinate.

Covid-19 Shots Risk Displacing Immunizations Against Childhood Killers in Developing CountriesAs underfunded healthcare systems shift to immunizing adults against Covid, 2022 risks seeing further setbacks in the fight against some of the leading killers of young children in developing countries. Leaving his face with sadness piled up. Why can’t the rest of the world be like America and let people die? /s Portanto eu trarei sobre os humanos um duro tratamento,Trarei sobre eles o que eles mais temem.Porquanto Eu chamei,e ninguém sequer esboçou resposta ; preguei e ninguém deu ouvidos.Praticaram o mal diante da minha pessoa e escolheram fazer tudo quanto me desagrada profundamente!”

Growing evidence suggests COVID surge may be receding in parts of US Link Share to Twitter Email this article Growing evidence suggests the omicron surge may be beginning to recede in the parts of the U.S. that were first hit by the variant. Although new case rates remain high across much of the Northeast, daily totals are slowly beginning to fall. New York City reported a 17% drop and New Jersey reported a 17.6% drop in new cases over the last week. Washington, D.C., reported a nearly 25% decline and Vermont saw a nearly 22% decline in cases in the last week. Mike Segar/Reuters, FILE In this Jan. 4, 2022 file photo people wait for COVID-19 testing at an outdoor testing site in Newark, N.J. But health officials caution the latest surge has yet to peak for much of the U.S. The nation is still reporting nearly 800,000 new cases a day -- a record high and a more than eight-fold increase compared to six weeks ago. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN on Sunday that Americans should not expect a decline in the days to come. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Shutterstock Cars line up at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Camping World Stadium, Jan. 15, 2022 in Orlando, Fla. "This is a very difficult time during this surge. We are seeing high case numbers and hospitalization rates... we're also seeing strain in many of our hospitals around the country," Murthy said."The next few weeks will be tough." Nearly 1,800 Americans are dying from COVID-19 each day – an approximately 52.6% jump since Jan. 1. -ABC News' Arielle Mitropoulos Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tests positive Link Share to Twitter Email this article Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, according to a statement from Joint Staff spokesman Col. Dave Butler. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., June 10, 2021. Milley has"very minor" symptoms and is working remotely, the statement said. Milley was last in contact with President Joe Biden on Wednesday. "He tested negative several days prior to and every day following contact with the President until yesterday," the statement said. All other Joint Chiefs of Staff tested negative except for Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger, a spokesperson said. -ABC News' Matthew Seyler Beijing records 1st omicron case, tightens restrictions ahead of Olympics Link Share to Twitter Email this article China is tightening travel restrictions for its capital ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, requiring all travelers to take a nucleic acid test within 72 hours of entry. The new restrictions, which will be put in place on Jan. 22, were announced after Beijing recorded its first case of the highly contagious omicron variant in a suburb near many of the Olympic venues over the weekend. Health authorities have sealed off the patient's' residential compound and workplace. Andy Wong, AP A man gets a throat swab for a COVID-19 test at a mobile testing facility outside commercial office buildings in Beijing, China, on Jan. 17, 2022. Beijing's first reported case of the highly contagious omicron variant has prompted stepped-up measures in the Chinese capital, just weeks before it hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing health officials told reporters Monday that the single omicron case in the city may have been infected by a package the patient received from Canada. None of the patient's close contacts in their community or workplace tested positive, officials said during a press conference. Some schools in Beijing have also closed early and moved classes online. According to the Chinese National Health Commission's daily report released Monday, there were 65 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on the mainland and 54 imported cases. One new case was recorded in Beijing, the report said. The 2022 Winter Olympics is slated to kick off in the Chinese capital on Feb. 4. -ABC News' Christine Theodorou and Karson Yiu Italian police arrest nurse accused of faking shots for anti-vaxxers Link Share to Twitter Email this article Italian police have arrested a nurse accused of pretending to inject COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of anti-vaxxers so they could benefit from vaccination certificates. Investigators used a hidden camera to capture the nurse working at a vaccination center in Palmero. A clip from the footage, released Saturday by Italy's State Police, purportedly shows the woman preparing a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and then emptying the syringe into a piece of gauze before pretending to inject it into an individual's arm. She faces charges of forgery and embezzlement, according to police. Police said the woman also faked her own booster shot so she could continue working at the vaccination center, in coordination with another nurse who was arrested last December on similar charges. The other nurse is accused of faking COVID-19 vaccinations for 11 people, including a well-known leader of an anti-vaccine movement, according to police. New restrictions came into force in Italy on Jan. 10, barring people who aren't fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from accessing restaurants, gyms, swimming pools, theaters, cinemas, sport events and public transport. Unvaccinated individuals who recently recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from the new rule, which will be in force until March 31. The measures were imposed amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections across the European country. Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images People gather for a demonstration at piazza San Giovanni in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 15, 2022, after new restrictions were imposed in the face of a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections. New restrictions came into force in Italy on Jan. 10, 2022, barring the unvaccinated from restaurants, gyms, swimming pools, theaters, cinemas, sports events and public transport, with only those recently recovered from COVID-19 exempt.