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The lull in places that had many of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks creates an opportunity to keep the virus in retreat as vaccinations begin to take effect. nyti.ms/3pJB93a
Fewer patients are showing up at hospitals in many countries with the highest rates of infection, giving experts confidence that the decline is real.

More contagious variants — or lapses in control measures — could still bring new spikes in infections. nyti.ms/3pJB93a
Most countries have seen declines in cases over the past month, but the total global reduction has been driven largely by just six countries that had seen enormous epidemics. nyti.ms/3pJB93a
“It’s a great moment of optimism, but it’s also very fragile in a lot of ways,” said one epidemiologist. “We see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s still a long tunnel.”

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