US breaks Covid-19 record of an average of 267,000 new cases per day


Cars line up as they drive through the covid-19 testing site at Tropical Park on December 22, 2021 in Miami, Florida Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images)

The U.S. seven-day average for new Covid-19 cases reached 267,738, the highest since the pandemic began in early 2020. But the US is not alone. The UK, France, Greece and Australia also hit the highest number of cases on Tuesday, a disturbing sign that omicron is coming for almost everyone.

As the New York Times notes, the previous record for the highest number of single-day cases in the US happened nearly a year ago. January 11, 2021, when the seven-day average was a whopping 251,232 new cases. But the US is past that record and experts believe it will get much worse in the coming weeks.

The grim milestone comes after the CDC released new guidelines that people found confusing at best and dangerous at worst. The health agency has reduced the isolation time for everyone with asymptomatic Covid-19 from 10 days to five days, a step advocated by people like Dr. Anthony Fauci is defended when necessary to keep the country running.

Interestingly, the CDC announced Tuesday that its previous estimate of how widespread the new strain of omicron has become in the US was too high. The CDC had announced that about 73% of new Covid-19 cases were ommicrons, but revised that number to 59% on Tuesday, meaning both delta and ommicron are raging across the country right now.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 has also risen in the US in recent days, with 2,623 new deaths on Tuesday alone. Data still supports the idea that deaths from covid-19, even with the new omicron variant, are still less likely for those vaccinated. Booster shots are also very important to keep any case of covid-19 “mild”, although the illness can still be very unpleasant even if you stay out of the hospital. The CDC roughly estimates: 67 million Americans have been given a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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France reported a record 179,807 new cases on Tuesday, while Greece also reported a record 21,657 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday. The UK hit a new record with 129,471 new cases of the disease on Tuesday, and Australia also saw a surprising rise in infections on Wednesday, with a record 18,243 new cases. And Australia could serve as a warning that things will get worse before they get better, as the country is currently experiencing summer and has a high level of vaccination compliance.

Australia has a high vaccination rate, with 76.7% of the entire population being fully vaccinated against Covid-19. And if you zoom in on the most disturbing Hot Spots in Australia, many people who have been vaccinated are currently still getting Covid-19. For example, the most populous state in the country, New South Wales, where Sydney is located, has a vaccination coverage of 93.5% for everyone aged 16 and over. And yet the state reported 11,201 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, by far the highest in the pandemic, and likely an undercount given the massive testing backlog that currently overwhelms the system. By comparison, New South Wales reported 6,062 cases on Tuesday.

The long and the short of it? The pandemic is still something that is sickening people around the world. And while there are some early signs that the omicron variant may be less deadly, many unvaccinated and vulnerable people still die every day.

More than 1.3 million new cases of Covid-19 were reported worldwide on Tuesday with 7,279 new deaths, according to Our World in Data. There have been at least 283 million cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 5.41 million deaths, both likely underestimating the true toll this disease has taken on humanity.


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