Headline RoundupDecember 16th, 2021

COVID-19 Cases Rise in Several Countries as Omicron Spreads

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The U.S., the U.K. and other countries have seen spikes in COVID-19 cases over the past week. 

U.S. states with rising cases included New York and New Jersey, where CDC data said the milder but more vaccine resistant Omicron variant is spreading. While some highly-vaccinated states saw significant outbreaks, a Forbes (Center) report said, they still fared better on hospitalizations and deaths compared to states with lower vaccination rates. The coverage came as U.S. COVID-19 deaths topped 800,000 and worldwide deaths reached 5.3 million. The news prompted many public health officials and business leaders to consider re-implementing mask mandates and other measures. 

Center and left-rated outlets like NPR (Center) and The New York Times (Lean Left) were more likely to feature this story on homepages. Coverage from the left was more alarmed by the surge, with CNN (Left) describing COVID-19 as “raging across the U.S.”  

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