US breaks its own record for daily Covid-19 infections after reporting more than 486,000 new cases of the virus, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The US reported 486,428 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, CDC data showed.
Cases in the US rose to 316,277 a day on an average of seven days due to the spread of the highly infectious Omicron strain.
US health experts urged Americans to prepare for severe disruptions in the coming weeks as the surge threatens hospitals, schools and other sectors. Thousands of flights have been canceled amid staff shortage due to the growth of COVID.
“We’re Going to See a Viral” blizzard In the next five to eight weeks,’ Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, told MSNBC.
The warning came as South Africa lifted a midnight to 4 a.m. curfew with immediate effect, as data showed hospitalization rates declined in almost all provinces across the country.
“All indicators show that the country has passed the peak of the fourth wave nationally,” a Statement told a special cabinet meeting held earlier on Thursday. The number of confirmed infections in South Africa for the week ended 25 December stood at 89,781, up from 127,753 the previous week.
The World Health Organization warned earlier this week that the dual dangers of the Omicron and Delta variants were leading to a “tsunami” In cases of COVID-19, pressure continues to put health workers and health systems “on the verge of decline”.
The CDC said Tuesday that the Omron version may not be as prevalent in the country as previously thought. In the new figures, the federal agency said that Omicron’s new cases accounted for 22.5% of recent COVID cases in the week ending December 18, not the 73% originally estimated. Delta, which scientists believe to be a more severe mutation of the virus, is responsible for 77% of new cases.
But Omicron still overtook Delta as the leading strain in new cases in the past week, accounting for 58.6% of new coronavirus cases for the week ended December 25, compared to Delta’s 41.1%.
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