Omicron “spreads like wildfire”, the U.S. records the highest number of Covid-19 infections in history

On January 3, more than 1 million people in the United States were diagnosed with Covid-19, when Omicron’s “tsunami” was still sweeping the country.

According to Bloomberg News, on January 3, more than 1 million people in the United States were diagnosed with Covid-19, almost twice the record of 590,000 cases set four days ago.

The number of infections in the United States on January 3 was more than twice that of any other country in history.

During the Delta mutation outbreak in India, India recorded the highest number of infections outside of the United States. On May 7, 2021, more than 414,000 people were diagnosed with Covid-19.

The Omicron mutation has pushed the number of new Covid-19 infections in the United States to a record high, surpassing any country’s record since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic more than two years ago. 5.

The number of infections in the United States has increased sharply because many Americans have self-tested for Covid-19 at home and have not reported the test results to the authorities. This means that the newly announced record is still significantly lower than the actual figure.

The rapid increase in infections has caused thousands of flights to be cancelled, schools and offices closed, and supply chains disrupted.

Due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections, health services have been exhausted after the last outbreak and may be overwhelmed again. In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine announced the deployment of approximately 1,250 National Guard soldiers on December 29 to assist the hospital in responding to the shortage of personnel.

To date, more than 2,750 schools in the United States have closed. This week, due to staff shortages and concerns about the spread of Omicron, cities such as Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Detroit opened online courses or closed schools for tens of thousands of students.

Some schools are using test results to avoid closure. In Washington, DC, all faculty, staff and 51,000 public school students must post negative test results on the school’s website by January 5.

The full impact of the Omicron epidemic on the American school system will become apparent next week, as parents and administrators are working hard to implement the revised guidelines. From the health authorities.

Due to the emergence of Omicron, a virus strain with many unprecedented mutations, the Covid-19 wave broke out in the United States and many countries in the world. In the last week of 2021, the United States broke the new record for the number of Covid-19 infections at least four times in seven days. Delaware declared a state of emergency last week to help respond more flexibly to the rising number of infections.

Last week, the number of children hospitalized with Covid-19 in the United States hit a record high. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the week from December 22 to 28, an average of 378 children under the age of 17 were hospitalized due to Covid-19 disease every day, a 66% increase over the same period last year. last week. Week. Until last week. And last week. a week ago.

At a meeting in December 2021, senior federal health officials in the United States warned that Omicron strains are spreading “like wildfire” and that the Omicron peak is likely to erupt in January. Now, even Omicron infections overlap with Delta strains and seasonal flu. At the same time, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) also warned that Omicron and Delta strains are causing a “tsunami” of Covid-19 on a global scale.

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