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U.S. tops highest seven-day death average since last year

N95 masks, while more costly than cloth masks, provide greater protection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
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The seven-day average for covid deaths in the United States reached 2,230 on Tuesday, its highest point since late February last year, according to Washington Post data.

The highly transmissible omicron variant led to an explosive increase in coronavirus cases nationwide in December and January. Omicron, which has been shown to have less severe symptoms and outcomes than other variants, quickly overtook the delta strain of the virus.

As the two variants overlapped, deaths nationwide started climbing and have steadily risen.

Deaths in the nation started climbing prior to the surge, brought on by the more deadly delta variant, according to data.

More than 866,670 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic’s onset, Post data shows.

Here’s what to know

  • A New York appeals court judge reimposed New York’s statewide mask mandate on Tuesday, reversing a lower court judge’s Monday ruling that stated the order was unconstitutional.
  • Free N95 masks are now available at some U.S. stores as part of the White House’s plan to hand out 400 million of them from the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • Two Elton John concerts scheduled this week in Dallas were postponed because the musician has covid-19, the performance venue said Tuesday.
  • Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, have begun testing a vaccine tailored to battle the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the companies announced Tuesday.
  • British police said Tuesday they would begin investigating parties held at 10 Downing Street during coronavirus lockdowns as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces public backlash.