The Delta Surge of Covid-19 falls, leaving the winter challenge ahead

The delta wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is past its peak, with new cases, hospitalizations and deaths declining in most states. The upcoming holidays and winter months will test whether the United States can maintain that momentum.

New Covid-19 case numbers in the U.S. are close to levels recorded near this time last year, with a seven-day average of about 72,000 a day, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. But the course is the opposite. Last fall, the number of cases increased, while hospitalizations and deaths, subsequent indicators, began to follow.

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