US Smashes Global Coronavirus Delta/Omicron Plague Infection Record for a Second Day With Over Half a Million New Cases Recorded After Experts Warned ‘We Are at the Very Beginning’ of a Viral Coronavirus Delta/Omicron Plague Storm That Will Cause De Facto Shut-down

US Breaks Global Coronavirus Plague Infection Record for a Second Day With 647,067 New Cases Recorded After Experts Warned ‘we Are at the Very Beginning’ of a Viral Blizzard That Will Cause De Facto Shut-down

In total, USA Today reports, the United States recorded 2.49 million cases within the past week, outpacing the country’s previous record of 1.7 million new cases recorded in the one-week period from January 3 through January 9.

The entirety of November saw just about 2.55 million new cases, USA Today reports, and the US is averaging about 356,000 cases per day – equivalent to four new infections for every second of each day.

Experts say the number of cases are rising so rapidly due to the spread of the highly-contagious Omicron variant, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says accounts for anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the new cases in the US. A UK-based expert says the variant could spread with just a ‘whiff of infected breath.’

At the same time, however, the number of daily deaths have halved from 2,800 to 1,400 between Wednesday and Thursday. The drop comes after multiple studies showed that Omicron was likely to cause up to 80 per cent fewer hospitalizations than Delta, although scientists have cautioned that more data is needed, and say the sheer number of infections caused by the new variant could ultimately cause an additional spike in serious illness and death.

Daily life continues to be upended by COVID and Omicron, with 1,198 flights canceled on New Year’s Eve, and another 955 already nixed on Saturday, as airlines grapple with staffing shortages. JetBlue – which is headquartered in Omicron-epicenter New York City – was the worst-affected airline, canceling 145 flights, equivalent to 14 per cent of its December 31 schedule.

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Source: Daily Mail

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