The surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant has slowed dramatically, with cases dropping 12% over the past seven days. This prompted experts to call for "divisive" pandemic restrictions, like mask and vaccine mandates, to be canceled in the United States just as they recently were in the United Kingdom. America is averaging 682,374 cases per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JH), a 12 percent drop over the past two weeks. [tweet_embed] January 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and current board member at Pfizer, says that the dropping cases should signal officials that it is time to start abolishing some pandemic-related guidelines. "I think certainly on the east coast where you see cases declining dramatically we need to be willing to lean in and do that very soon I think as conditions improve we have to be willing to relax some of these measures with the same speed that we put them in place," he told CNBC's The Squawk Box. He compares the current U.S. situation to that of the U.K. Across the pond, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set methods to abolish all pandemic restrictions amid a decline in the number of cases. Gottlieb said that America should soon follow and pointed out masks in schools and vaccine mandates as particularly "divisive" restrictions that he thinks should go. "We haven't described clear goalposts for when we're gonna withdraw a lot of these measures and the two most contentious things right now in the U.S. are the masks among children in schools and the vaccine mandates," he said. [tweet_embed] January 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] He also added that in order for people to comply with COVID rules, health officials need to "have a flexible doctrine" that changes along with the pandemic. The drop has Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, optimistic about where the wave is leading. "Things are looking good. We don't want to get overconfident, but they look like they're going in the right direction right now," Fauci told ABC's This Week on Sunday. He stresses that while cases are growing in much of the south and Midwest, they are starting to fall in northeastern states that were hit hard and fast by the new variant in December. Likely, western states will also follow the same path as their east coast peers, with cases expected to soon crest before a rapid decline. [tweet_embed] January 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] "If the pattern follows the trend that we're seeing in other places, such as the northeast, I believe that you will start to see a turnaround throughout the entire country," Fauci said.