COVID-19 cases climb, wiping out months of progress

  • FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2021, file photo, Maitre d’ Susanne McDonald checks guests’ proof of vaccination at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan in New York. COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s case for sweeping new vaccination requirements. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter, erasing months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements.