The U.S. averaged roughly 365 daily deaths, up 7% from about 342 two weeks ago. That’s still a fraction of where things stood several months ago when the daily average was in the thousands.
Yes, but: The increase in deaths comes after several weeks of declines. While increasingly transmissible Omicron variants have generally not appeared to cause more serious illness, some people are still dying.
Waning immunity and low booster uptake has also meant a growing share of the deaths are among the vaccinated, officials warn.
By the numbers: There were roughly 77,000 new daily cases over the last week, up 44% from about 53,000 two weeks ago.