U.S. – At least 1.3 million cases reported in a day
The United States shattered the global record of daily Covid19 cases with at least 1.3 million infections reported on Monday, according to a Reuters report, amid the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant. The previous record was 1.03 million daily new infections on January 3.
While the Omicron variant is potentially less severe, health officials have warned that the sheer number of infections could strain hospital systems, some of which have already suspended elective procedures as they struggle to handle the increase in patients and staff shortages.
More than 100 other hospitals said they are anticipating shortages within the next week. The surge in cases has also disrupted schools, which are struggling with absences of staff, teachers and bus drivers.