In America today, we are playing a waiting game. We’re in a holding pattern. We’re spinning our tires, or treading water.
Use whatever semantic tool you’d like to use, but we all know precisely what’s going on here: We’re waiting until it’s safe to go back into the economy. And, since we’re Americans, we’re going come back in a big way. The only question is, “when”?
According to some of the latest numbers, it could be any minute.
The number of new cases of Covid-19 reported worldwide fell by 16 percent last week to 2.7 million, the World Health Organization said.
The number of new deaths reported also fell 10 percent week-on-week, to 81,000, the WHO said late Tuesday in its weekly epidemiological update, using figures up to Sunday.
Five of the six WHO regions of the world reported a double-digit percentage decline in new cases, with only the Eastern Mediterranean showing a rise, of seven percent.
New case numbers dropped 20 percent last week in Africa and in the Western Pacific, 18 percent in Europe, 16 percent in the Americas and 13 percent in southeast Asia.
And that’s not all…
WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that the number of new cases had declined for a fifth consecutive week, dropping by almost half, from more than five million cases in the week of January 4.
“This shows that simple public health measures work, even in the presence of variants,” Tedros said.
The danger has not fully passed, of course, and common sense precautions should not be abandoned, but these latest figures certainly seem to suggest that there is a new dawn peeking over the horizon.