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COVID-19 cases plateauing or declining across parts of U.S. Updated: 2022-01-17 10:01:45 KST

It appears new COVID-19 infections are starting to level off or even decline in parts of the United States.
According to the New York Times, over the past three days, an average of roughly 800-thousand people a day have been testing positive for the COVID-19 across the U.S.
New York State, for instance, recorded around 48-thousand new cases last Friday, a nearly 47 percent on-week drop.
Daily cases are also dropping around Cleveland and Washington D.C., areas that sustained record-high increases over the past month.
Despite the welcome news, COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths are rising, overwhelming hospitals across the nation.
In Europe, Britain has reported its lowest number of daily infections in a month, with experts saying Omicron infections appear to be "stabilizing."
Nearly 71-thousand new cases were reported on Sunday, down from over 141-thousand a week ago.
Against this backdrop, British authorities are increasingly confident Plan B restrictions could be lifted towards the end of January.
Meanwhile, the Chinese city of Xian has gradually started lifting restrictions after 25 days of lockdown.
Local media outlets report the lockdown measures have been either partially or completely lifted in some communities deemed to be of lower risk.
The capital city of Beijing has decided to beef up anti-virus measures ahead of the Winter Olympics.
It will mandate all travelers coming into Beijing via other cities to get an additional PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
However, many countries are still grappling with a rapid surge.
Germany reported over 515 new infections per 100-thousand people on Sunday, the first time the index has surpassed 500.
Its health authorities are warning the public to stay vigilant.

"I again want to make my position as a member of parliament quite clear: I am in favor of compulsory vaccination without any ifs and buts. I am in favor of compulsory vaccination from the age of 18 on, because I believe that otherwise we will be faced again in the fall with a situation that we do not want. I don't think that the Omicron variant will be the last variant."

Japan's daily cases on Sunday topped 20-thousand for the third consecutive day, as the country continues to battle Omicron.
Cases have surged about 50-fold over the last two weeks, with some prefectures continuing to log record numbers of infections.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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