As the Omicron coronavirus variant swept the country, the United States reported a record number of Covid-19 infections, increased hospitalization rates, and caused widespread flight disruptions.
According to the British “Financial Times” data tracker, the 7-day rolling average number of cases in the United States on Saturday was close to 400,000, the highest daily record since the pandemic began, and more than twice the average number recorded on Christmas Day.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday that if 70% of the world’s population is vaccinated in mid-2022, the pandemic may end in 2022.
“If we end inequality, we will end the pandemic,” he said in a statement after the WHO warned “Case Tsunami” Covid around the world.
The latest surge in infections has caused severe damage to travel around the New Year celebrations, with thousands of U.S. flights disrupted during the weekend. According to data from the tracking website FlightAware, more than 2,700 flights to and from the United States or within the United States were cancelled on Saturday. By Sunday morning, the number was close to 2,000.
Even states with high vaccination rates in the United States have reported record-breaking Covid cases. 72% of people in New York were vaccinated, and due to the rapid increase in daily hospitalizations, there were more than 85,000 new cases on Friday.
“No, we have not experienced this latest wave of Covid-19,” New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said on Friday.
Hochl has said that New York State is preparing for the “January surge.” He has extended the requirement to wear a mask or show a vaccination certificate to enter New York indoor venues until next month.
According to US media reports, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that the number of daily cases reported on Friday was 28,000, “about four times the number two weeks ago and four times the peak of last winter.”
He added: “Our current hospital population is roughly the same as the worst day of the surge last winter. The problem is that we don’t see any signs of slack now.”
Some U.S. states, including New York, Maine, and Ohio, have deployed National Guards to help deal with the latest wave of cases.
Ohio Governor Mike Devin told reporters last week: “We have more Ohioans in the hospital with the new coronavirus… than we have at any other time during this pandemic.”
He said the state’s hospitals were “overcrowded” and added that it was “driven by people in Ohio who were not vaccinated, and the numbers clearly show this.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, approximately 55% of people in the state have received a comprehensive vaccine.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationwide, 62% of the country’s population received dual vaccines, and about 33% of the population received booster shots.
Although the infection has accelerated, the CDC Publish a new guide If there are no symptoms, shorten the quarantine period for people infected with Covid to five days.
Omicron is testing countries around the world.Reports from 20 countries across four continents, including the United States Record-breaking number The number of Covid cases for the week ending December 30 highlights the impact of the new variant on the health systems of rich and poor countries.