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The United States, facing a worrying fifth wave of COVID-19 fueled by the Omicron variant, recorded a world record of more than one million reported cases on Monday after the long weekend of New Years, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. & nbsp;
The number of cases reported over 24 hours was established Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. at 1,080,211. However, it should be taken with caution, as the number of cases recorded on Monday is generally very high, especially after a weekend of three days as was the case for the New Year in the United States.
This is nevertheless more than double the cases recorded last Monday, after the three-day weekend of Christmas, where more 489,000 infections had been recorded by the university.
The average of cases over seven days, considered more significant by experts, stood on Monday evening at nearly 486,000 daily cases.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House's senior adviser on the health crisis, said on Sunday that the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States was following an “almost vertical” curve.
Omicron is now the dominant variant in the United States and accounted for about 59% of new cases in the week ending December 25, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).
< p> Anthony Fauci said he hoped the current wave would peak “after a few weeks” before reversing, as happened in South Africa.
Deaths and hospitalizations in the United States have also increased recently, but to a much lesser extent. But they could climb further, as they usually peak after the contaminations curve.
Nearly 206 million Americans, or 62% of the population, are fully immunized against the infection. COVID-19 according to the CDC, and 69 million also received a booster dose.
The previous record average recorded by the United States in previous waves was 258,000 daily cases in the week of January 5 to 11, 2021.