The New York TimesAcross the United States, and the world, the coronavirus seems to be loosening its stranglehold.
The United States has now recorded 500,000 deaths amid the pandemic, a terrible milestone.
Leaders in the United States and elsewhere stepped up community restrictions after the holiday peaks.
Buoyed by the shrinking rates over all, however, governors are lifting restrictions across the United States and are under enormous pressure to reopen completely.
Because of the variants, scientists do not know how many people who were infected and had recovered are now vulnerable to reinfection.