The new infections with the Corona virus in the United States on Monday reached 1.35 million cases, according to a Reuters count, the highest daily total for any country in the world, and the spread of the severe Omicron type did not appear. The infection shows no signs of slowing down.
According to Arabiya Net, the previous record was 1.03 million cases on January 3. A large number of cases are reported every Monday because many countries do not report over the weekend.
This comes, while the seven-day average of new cases has tripled in two weeks to more than 700,000 new infections per day, according to Reuters, and seen by Al Arabiya.net.
The record number of new cases came on the same day that the United States saw the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals rise to an all-time high, after doubling in 3 weeks, according to a Reuters tally.
More than 136,604 people were hospitalized due to Corona, exceeding the record of 132,051 people in January of last year.
While the Omicron variant may be less serious, 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 deal with an increase in patients and staff shortages.
The high number of cases led to the disruption of schools, which suffer from the absence of staff, teachers and bus drivers.
Chicago also canceled classes for the fourth day because the district and teachers failed to agree on how to deal with the rising infection.
In turn, New York City suspended service on 3 subway lines because a large number of workers fell ill, according to its Twitter account. Companies' plans to get workers back to their desks have also been derailed.
Deaths averaged 1,700 per day, up from about 1,400 in recent days but within levels seen earlier this winter.
For his part, the CEO of Pfizer said Monday that a new Covid-19 vaccine is needed that specifically targets the omicron variant, adding that his company may have one ready for launch by March.