The U.S. hit yet another milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, recording over 1 million new positive COVID-19 cases on Monday.
Data from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine indicated that on Monday, Jan. 3 there were 1,082,549 new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S., a record single day total. The new data comes as the country is fighting the omicron variant that’s been found to be highly transmissible and better able to evade immunity.
Monday’s record high of new cases could be attributed to reporting delays due to the New Year’s holiday weekend. According to CNBC, many U.S. states didn’t report COVID-19 data on New Year’s Eve and many don’t report over the weekends. Monday’s total could be reflective of positive tests and results taken over the course of the prior three days.
According to Johns Hopkins, 827,748 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic officially began in 2020 and 56 million confirmed cases have been reported.
The grim data on COVID-19 in the U.S. has given the country the number one spot in Johns Hopkins’ global ranking of total confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, with a significant lead over number two U.K., which has recorded about 13.4 million total cases and only 149,367 deaths.
The U.S. has been struggling nationwide to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases, with one hospital forced to shut down its labor and delivery unit due to staffing shortages caused by the virus. While in New York City, an analysis of COVID-19 data found that roughly 1 out of every 50 Manhattan residents tested positive for the virus in December.
Many scientists believe that COVID-19 will eventually hit an endemic state, where the virus continues to circulate but people remain protected due to immunity from vaccinations and natural infection. That would eventually create significantly less transmission of virus, which would lead to less COVID-19 related hospitalizations and death.
For now, COVID-19 is still raging throughout the U.S. as omicron accounts for 58 percent of all U.S. cases. However, as scientists study the new variant, new research has indicated that people infected with omicron are less likely to be hospitalized than people with the delta variant.
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