U.S. hospitalizations for Covid-19 have now been declining for more than two weeks, while newly reported cases are hovering around 150,000 after remaining above 200,000 for most of December and early January. The metrics, while declining, remain high and reported deaths, a lagging indicator, were near 4,000 again on Wednesday.
The easing of the fall surge in the U.S. has led states to begin rolling back some restrictions on businesses and daily life. But government officials and health experts around the globe continue to monitor new, highly transmissible variants, which have jolted case numbers in the U.K. and elsewhere, and led to a fresh round of restrictions. In France, officials are considering stricter measures as soon as Saturday.