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The U.S. has officially surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19, according to data Tuesday from John Hopkins University.
The coronavirus is continuing to stalk the world at an astonishing clip, racing past a grim succession of pandemic milestones in 2022.
U.S. health officials are optimistic, albeit cautiously, the country has turned the corner on the unprecedented wave of infection caused by the Omicron COVID variant as new cases plummet 90% from a pandemic record set just five weeks ago.
Though considered milder than other coronavirus variants, Omicron has infected so many people that it has driven the number of daily deaths beyond where it was last spring, before vaccines were widely available.
The U.S. death toll from COVID rose to an average of more than 2,400 fatalities per day over the previous seven days.
With increased levels of immunity due to vaccines and the massive number of infections caused by Omicron, talks of whether the U.S. is approaching a “new normal” are intensifying.
Some experts say that when it comes to contagiousness, Omicron could be the “most transmissible the virus can get.”