The United States now has an average of 198,404 new cases of Covid-19 each day, according to Sunday data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s 47% more than a week ago and the highest number since January 19.
I think we’re going to see half a million cases a day, easy, sometime next week to 10 days,” CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner told CNN on Sunday. About 71,000 Americans were hospitalized with Covid-19 as of Sunday, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, and an average of 1,408 Americans died of Covid-19 each day for the week ending Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins. That’s a 17% increase from the previous week.
With the highly contagious variant of Omicron.
We are certainly going to continue to see an increase (in cases) for a while,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Monday. vaccinated people will be safe, Fauci said. But he advised people to avoid large parties where they do not know the vaccination status of all the guests. When you talk about a New Years Eve party where you have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you don’t know the status of the vaccination, I highly recommend: stay away from that this year,” said Fauci, the director. from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
Pediatric hospitalizations for Covid-19 continue to rise, approaching the record set in early September. About half of the Covid-19 tests done at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, are testing positive, the hospital’s chief of infectious diseases told CNN on Monday. It’s an indication of how quickly the new variant of Omicron is spreading in the community, said Dr. Roberta DeBiasi. But so far, she said, affected children are no sicker than they were when earlier variants circulated. There are only more of them.
We just saw a surprising increase in … both the volume, the amount of tests that are positive, and the percentage of tests that are positive,” DeBiasi told CNN in a telephone interview. “We have had up to almost half of the tests, 48% of the tests, to test positive and that is much, much higher than in previous waves, where it was more on the order of, at most, 17%. And if We looked at the raw numbers of positives, in the last wave, we were impressed like 80 positives a day and we’ve had almost 200 positives in a few days. So it’s very, it’s very, very contagious, but so far, there’s no indication that the Omicron variant is causing more serious illness, he said.