The seven-day average of new cases of covida-19 in the U.S. reached 267,738, the highest since the pandemic began in early 2020. But the U.S. is not alone. The UK, France, Greece and Australia also reached a record number of cases on Tuesday, a worrying sign that omicron is coming for almost everyone.
According to the New York Times, the previous record for the highest number of single-day cases in the U.S. occurred nearly a year ago. January 11, 2021, when the seven-day average was a staggering 251,232 new cases. But the U.S. has surpassed that record and experts believe it will get worse in the next few weeks.
The grim turning point comes after the CDC released new guidelines that people were confused at best and dangerous at worst. The health agency has shortened the isolation time for anyone with asymptomatic covid-19 from 10 to five days, a move that defends people like Dr. Anthony Fauci as needed to to maintain the state.
Interestingly, the CDC announced on Tuesday that its previous estimate of how much the new omicron strain has become too high in the U.S. The CDC reported that approximately 73% of new cases were covid-19 omicron, but revised that number to 59% on Tuesday, which means that both the delta and the omicron are raging through the earth right now.
Deaths from covid-19 have also risen in the U.S. in recent days, with 2,623 new deaths on Tuesday alone. The data continue to support the idea that deaths from covid-19, even with a new variant of omicron, are even less likely to be vaccinated. Supplemental injections are also very important in keeping any case of covid-19 “mild,” although the disease can still be very uncomfortable even if you stay out of the hospital. The CDC roughly estimates 67 million The Americans received an additional dose of the covid-19 vaccine.
France reported a record 179,807 new cases on Tuesday, while Greece reported also reported a record 21,657 new cases of covid-19 yesterday. The UK hit a new record with 129,471 new cases on Tuesday, and Australia also recorded a staggering increase in infections on Wednesday, with a record 18,243 new cases. Australia could serve as a warning that things will get worse before they get better given that the country is currently experiencing summer and has a high level of vaccine compliance.
Australia has a high vaccination rate, with 76.7% of the total population fully vaccinated against covid-19. And if you drill into the most worrying hotspots in Australia, many people who are vaccinated still get covid-19. For example, the country’s most populous state, New South Wales, where Sydney is located, has a vaccination rate of 93.5% for all over 16 years of age. Still, the state reported 11,201 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, by far the largest number of pandemics, and probably a sub-number given the huge backlog of testing currently flooding the system. By comparison, New South Wales reported only 6,062 cases on Tuesday.
Long and short? A pandemic is still largely a thing that is making people sick all over the world. And while there are some early signs that the omicron variant might be less deadly, a lot of unvaccinated and vulnerable people are still dying every day.
Worldwide, over 1.3 million new ones Covid-19 cases were reported on Tuesday 7,279 new deaths, according to Our World in Data. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 283 million cases of covida-19 and 5.41 million deaths have been recorded, which is probably an insufficient number of the actual tribute this disease has taken to humanity.