The United States (US)shattered the global record of daily coronavirus disease (Covid-19) 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. As many states do not report new cases over the weekend, Mondays see an increase in reported infections. The report suggests that some states were yet to report on Monday so the final figure is likely to be even higher.
The record in new cases came the same day as the nation saw the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients also hit an all-time high, having doubled in three weeks, according to a Reuters tally.
There were more than 135,500 people hospitalized with COVID, surpassing the record of 132,051 set in January last year.
The situation in the United States (US) has been deteriorating ever since the coronavirus pandemic struck. The United States (US) is the worst affected country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most of the Covid-19 cases that are coming to the fore in the US are of the Omicron variant. The World Health Organization and various experts have already warned about the speed of transmission of Omicron.
(With inputs from Returns)