This is a very typical seasonal virus that spreads regionally. The early spike in the Northeast is long gone but many people still live like that spike is ongoing, which is dumb.
All regions go through an identical pattern, though, irrespective of the completely different policies on shutdowns and masking. Obviously, because neither works to stop COVID. They work to achieve other purposes, such as enriching Jeff Bezos while giving people the illusion of control and individual agency, but the pattern of actual COVID deaths has zero interest in our psychological hangups.
And the pattern is identical in Europe, in spite of different measures, etc.