This is 51.4% more than a week ago and is the highest since January 18.
US chief infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci warned that the “extreme infectivity” of the new Omicron coronavirus could lead to a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, said “Voice of America”.
Fauci noted that while studies indicate less severe disease in those infected with the Omicron variant, the extreme infectivity of the virus could mean significant increases and hospitalizations. Fauci believes the US COVID-19 situation “will improve significantly in January.”
Amid the spread of the Omicron strain in the United States, President Joe Biden, during a meeting with the US Administration’s COVID-19 Working Group and State Governors, promised to take measures to reduce the shortage of coronavirus tests in the country.
Transcript of the conversation published on the White House website December 27.
In particular, according to Biden, the law on defense production will be used to increase the production of tests for coronavirus.
On December 27, about 1 thousand more flights were canceled in the States, writes The Hill… US airlines have said they are grappling with staffing issues as many of their employees are out of work due to coronavirus infection.
At WHO celebratethat preliminary data indicate an increased risk of re-infection with this variant compared to others. Fauci believes that “Omicron” is more contagious than others variants of the coronavirus, but less dangerous.
According to the CDC, 52.28 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United States for the entire time of the pandemic, and about 813.8 thousand patients with coronavirus infection have died.
IN USA 73% of people, who were diagnosed with the coronavirus from December 12 to 18, were infected with the Omicron strain, The Washington Post reported on December 21. Omicron hit the US in less than a month. For the first time in the country, this strain was discovered in the last days of November 2021.