During the weekend, COVID-19 hospitalizations surpassed the peak recorded last winter, demonstrating the rapid spread of this highly transmissible omicron type.
According to figures cited by the New York Times, there were 142,388 patients hospitalised in the United States on Sunday. As of January 14, 2021, a total of 142,315 people have been counted as of that date.
On Monday, the seven-day average for hospitalizations was 135,559, up 83% from two weeks earlier, according to a New York Times tracker. However, this is still a far cry from the 737,415 new cases a day that have been reported in the last two weeks, an increase of 203 percent.
There have been 36% more fatalities in the last two weeks, or an average of 1,653 each day. Deaths and hospitalizations are behind new instances, and research is still demonstrating that omicron is less dangerous than earlier versions of the disease.
To put it another way, many people are testing themselves at home and their positive diagnoses aren’t being documented. Although there has been a substantial rise in the number of illnesses in persons who have been vaccinated and boosted, the virus has not yet reached its peak.
Hospitals are filling up quickly in some places, and U.S. businesses are experiencing personnel shortages because of an increased number of cases of omicron.
Omicron may infect more than half of Europeans in the next two months if present infection rates persist, according to the director of WHO Europe. Omicron variants are a “new west-to-east tsunami” spreading over Europe, according to Regional Director Hans Kluge, according to AFP.
According to him, the European section of the agency has confirmed omicron instances in 50 of the 53 nations in which it operates. There are 26 countries reporting that more than 1% of their populations are catching COVID-19 per week as of January 10, with the total region reporting more than 7 million new cases in the first week of 2017.
Hospitals are now at risk of being overwhelmed by the sheer number of patients, which might result in avoidable deaths.
Vaccines, says Kluge, continue to give substantial protection against serious sickness and death for the time being, making it more crucial than ever for those who have not had vaccinations.
Still, we’ve got a virus that’s changing rapidly and creating new problems. According to WHO senior emergencies officer Catherine Smallwood, “We’re not at the point where we can label it endemic.”
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Private health insurance will be obligated to fund up to eight home COVID-19 tests every month for anyone on their policies starting on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. As long as the monthly per-person limit is met, people in the United States will be allowed to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for reimbursement.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals who have been exposed to coronavirus are increasingly being allowed to continue working even if they show just moderate symptoms, according to independent reports from the Associated Press. The omicron variation is generating major staffing shortages in hospitals and crushing caseloads, therefore the move is a response to that.
• According to Pfizer Inc. (PFE) CEO Albert Bourla, the pharmaceutical company is developing a hybrid vaccine to protect against omicron coronavirus variations and hopes to seek regulatory approval by March. His remarks came during a discussion on Monday afternoon on the company’s objectives and problems in relation to the highly transmissible omicron strain at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare conference. Pfizer has published an edited transcript of the comments on its website.
According to the AP, the number of individuals confined to their houses in China due to the COVID-19 epidemic has surpassed 20 million. No one knew how long the 5.5 million-person city of Anyang would be shut down, since a notification stated that it was being done to allow mass testing but did not specify whether it would terminate after the testing was finished. An additional 13.1 million people are confined in Xian, while 1.1 million people are confined in Yuzhou.
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According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the number of verified cases of COVID-19 throughout the world reached 311.1 million on Tuesday. The death toll has now surpassed 5.49 million individuals.
With 61.7 million cases and 840,316 deaths, the United States is the leading country in the world.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccination tracker, 62.6 percent of the population in the United States is vaccinated.
A total of 75.8 million people have gotten a booster shot, making up 36.5% of those who have been fully immunised.