The United States reported 1.34 million Covid cases on Monday, with the daily case rate breaking a global record as hospitalizations were reported across the country, according to an NBC News tally.
According to NBC News, at least 1,343,167 new Covid infections were identified on Monday, surpassing the previous record of 1,044,970 cases set on January 3.
The number of daily cases is usually higher on Monday with many states not reporting over the weekend. However, the numbers still suggest a dramatic increase in cases in the US as the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to spread.
It also represents the highest daily total recorded for any country in the world, according to data from NBC News. The US has reported a total of 61,490,917 cases as of Monday, according to Reuters. Was.
The seven-day average for cases in the US also hit its highest point on Monday, recording an average of 740,594 cases per day, with 24 states reporting their highest 7-day average ever.
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The record-high number of Covid hospitalizations in the US also soared, with the seven-day average for hospitalizations reaching 135,574 on Monday, up 83.1 per cent over the past two weeks.
The increase in hospitalizations is particularly noticeable in some Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states, according to an NBC News analysis of COVID hospital data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
As of Monday, Washington, DC’s population-adjusted rate was the highest in the country, followed by Ohio, New Jersey and New York.
Meanwhile, southern states have seen the biggest change in hospitalizations over the past two weeks, with an average of seven days for hospitalizations in Louisiana up 341 percent from 340 to 1,501 over the past two weeks, Whereas in Florida its average has increased by 277 percent. From 2,426 to 9,169, according to NBC News’ tally.
As the highly infectious Omicron variant continues to spread, hospitals have reported an increasing tendency for patients admitted for other illnesses to also test positive for COVID-19.
Doctors told NBC News that the trend could mean more people are asymptomatic or undiagnosed cases than current data show.
In its weekly review on Covid published on Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases were “rapidly rising” across the country, with the surge “driven by the Omicron version”.
The health body said CDC’s estimates suggest the Omron variant may now be responsible for about 95 percent of Covid cases in the US.
“The entire country is now experiencing high levels of community transmission,” noting that “hospitalizations are also increasing.”
“Preliminary data suggest that Omicron infections may be less severe than other types, with a rise in cases and hospitalizations expected to strain the health system in the coming weeks,” it warned.
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