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U.S. Omicron Surge Eases; French Cases Slow: Virus Update

Citigroup headquarters in New York.

Citigroup headquarters in New York.

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The omicron variant is starting to loosen its grip on the U.S. Northeast, but experts warn that it will take more time for the latest wave of Covid-19 to recede nationwide. Deaths in the U.S. rose to almost 14,300 in the week through Friday, the most since September, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. 

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told junior lawmakers in his party that he is considering relaxing mandatory vaccination rules for health service staff, according to The Times newspaper. Infections in Russia hit a daily record.