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The Omicron is causing more than a million COVID cases every day in America 

More than 1 million new COVID infections were recorded in the United States in a single day, setting a new record. According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, 1,082,549 new coronavirus cases were reported on Monday, as the highly contagious Omicron continues to spread across the country.

The new daily figure takes the total number of cases confirmed in the United States to 56,189,547 since the outbreak began. In total, the virus has claimed the lives of at least 827,748 people in the United States. It’s possible that the record single-day total is due to delayed reporting over the holiday weekend. Many states in the United States did not record data on December 31, New Year’s Eve, and many more do not provide data on weekends, thus some of these cases could be from positive tests performed on previous days. Nonetheless, the seven-day average of daily new cases in the United States as of Jan. 3 was 480,273, the highest such metric of new cases in any country tracked by Johns Hopkins.

As of Jan. 3, roughly 98,000 Americans had been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a seven-day average of data from the Department of Health and Human Services. That number is approaching peak delta wave levels, when about 103,000 individuals were in COVID hospital beds throughout the country in early September, although it is still lower than last winter’s high of roughly 137,000 hospitalizations in the United States.

For the week ending January 3, the United States reported an average of roughly 1,200 daily COVID deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data. Death tolls, however, tend to lag after increases in case counts and hospitalizations.

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