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NYC Covid Cases Are Starting to Drop in Hopeful Sign for Latest Wave

U.S. cases continue to climb, and tools to track cases are becoming increasingly spotty

The Hugh food hall in the Midtown neighborhood of New York in March. The city’s core has struggled to recover amid fresh waves of Covid.

The Hugh food hall in the Midtown neighborhood of New York in March. The city’s core has struggled to recover amid fresh waves of Covid.

Photographer: Bess Adler/Bloomberg

The recent resurgence of Covid-19 in New York City may be relatively muted compared with the huge spike earlier this year, if recent patterns hold.

The largest U.S. city is seeing a downturn in Covid-19 cases for the first time since early March, local government data show, in what could be a positive sign for the rest of the country. In Manhattan, where case counts have been the highest recently, the seven-day average of cases dropped for four days in a row through April 19. In Philadelphia, local health officials ended a mask mandate this week, citing data showing cases leveling off. 

Despite those positive signals, cases are still rising nationally, driven by omicron and its more transmissible subvariants. On Wednesday, the U.S. reported more than 58,000 new infections — a 46% increase from the daily average a week prior, according to data. That’s still well below the number of infections reported daily during omicron’s peak this past winter.