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U.S. States Ease Covid Restrictions as Variants Take Hold (1)

Jan. 26, 2021, 1:46 PM

California and other large states are loosening Covid restrictions just as scientists warn that more-contagious variants of the virus are beginning to take hold in the U.S. and the vaccine rollout struggles.

With a two-month spike in cases beginning to subside, California Governor Gavin Newsom is lifting the state’s stay-at-home order. New York, Illinois, Michigan and Massachusetts also are easing restrictions.

The shift comes as new Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining. Still, the new variants -- including one in the U.K., another in California and a Brazilian one first identified in the U.S. on Monday in Minnesota -- are ...

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