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Thread #167504   Message #4130975
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
04-Jan-22 - 12:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
U.S. Covid-19 Infections Top One Million After Holiday Backlog
States report backlogs of cases after pausing for the New Year holiday

That's from the Wall Street Journal so you may hit a paywall. Here is some of it:
More than one million new Covid-19 infections were reported in the U.S. as global health officials scrambled to increase measures to counter the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

The U.S. reported a record 1.08 million Covid-19 infections on Monday as most states worked to clear backlogs after pausing during the New Year’s holiday. The reports pushed the seven-day average of daily reported infections to 480,273, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. That level is nearly double the peak reached at the height of last winter’s case surge.

Hospitalizations for confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases reached a seven-day average of 97,855 on Monday, according to data posted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. That is up 41% in the past two weeks but below both the pandemic peak of 137,510 on Jan. 10, 2021, and the smaller peak of 102,967 on Sept. 4, 2021, during the Delta-variant surge. While Covid-19 tests remain in short supply in much of the U.S., testing was less robust last year, complicating comparisons between pandemic surges.

Six states aren't included in those numbers, most of those overwhelmed by the numbers.

"The U.S. seven-day average of daily reported Covid-19 deaths was 1,236 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins data." This is "relatively unchanged" - for now. Reports of deaths "tend to lag," so the death numbers will be more accurate in a few weeks looking back at this time.

This is just the US - but that article goes on to point out that Europe has also been clobbered.