The United States reports 1.35 million COVID-19 cases in one day, breaking world records
The United States reports 1.35 million COVID-19 cases in one day, breaking world records

The United States reports 1.35 million COVID-19 cases in one day, breaking world records

People wait outside a community center while long queues continue for people trying to be tested for COVID-19 during the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Diego, California, USA, January 10, 2022. REUTERS / Mike Blake

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January 11 (Reuters) – The United States reported 1.35 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, according to a Reuters survey, the highest daily total for any country in the world, as the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant showed no signs of abating. .

The previous record was 1.03 million cases on January 3rd. A large number of cases are reported every Monday due to the fact that many states did not report over the weekend. The seven-day average for new cases has tripled in two weeks to over 700,000 new infections a day.

The record in new cases came on the same day that the nation saw the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients also hit a record high, after doubling in three weeks, according to a Reuters statement.

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There were more than 136,604 people hospitalized with COVID-19, which exceeded the record of 132,051 set in January last year.

Although the Omicron variant is potentially less serious, health authorities have warned that the large number of infections could strain hospital systems, some of which are already suspended optional procedures as they struggle to cope with the increase in patients and staff shortages.

The rise in cases has disrupted schools struggling with the absence of staff, teachers and bus drivers.

Chicago canceled classes for a fourth day as the district and teachers did not agree on how to deal with increased infections.

New York City suspended service on three subway lines as a large number of workers were on sick leave, according to their Twitter account. Companies’ plans for workers to return to the office have also been derailed.

Deaths average 1,700 a day, up from about 1,400 in recent days, but within levels seen earlier this winter.

A redesigned COVID-19 vaccine specifically targeted Omicron variant is probably necessary, Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) The CEO said on Monday, adding that his company could have one ready for launch in March.

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Reporting by Lisa Shumaker in Chicago, Aparupa Mazumder and Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Edited by Cynthia Osterman and Himani Sarkar

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