The United States, facing an alarming fifth wave of COVID-19 fueled by the Omicron variant, set a world record with more than one million reported cases Monday after the long weekend of the New Year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The number of cases reported over a 24-hour period was set Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. at 1,080,211. However, it should be taken with caution because the number of cases recorded on Monday is generally very high, especially after a three-day weekend like this was the case for the New Year in the United States.
However, this is more than double the number of cases recorded last Monday, after the three-day Christmas holiday, when the university recorded more than 489,000 infections.
The seven-day average of cases, which experts considered most significant, on Monday evening was nearly 486,000 daily cases.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top adviser on the health crisis, said Sunday that the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States follows an “almost vertical” curve.
Omicron is now the dominant variant in the United States and accounts for about 59% of new cases in the week ending December 25, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).
Anthony Fauci said he hopes the current wave will peak “in a few weeks” before it reverses, as it did in South Africa.
Deaths and hospitalizations in the United States have also increased recently, but to a much lesser degree. But they can still climb, since they usually reach their peak after the pollution curve.
Nearly 206 million Americans, or 62% of the population, have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 69 million have also received a booster dose.
The previous record average for the US in previous waves was 258,000 daily cases during the week of January 5-11, 2021.
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