As the spread of the Omicron strain showed no signs of stopping, the United States reported roughly 1 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, the biggest daily total of any country in the world and nearly double the previous U.S. mark established a week ago. According to Reuters data, the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients has grown over 50% in the last week and now exceeds 100,000, marking the first time that figure has been achieved in a year.
The most recent increase, which resulted in a slew of cancellations from commercial airline flights to Broadway shows in recent weeks, was causing havoc with plans for public schools to reopen after winter break. After the teachers’ union voted in favour of a return to remote learning, Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, indicated it will cancel classes on Wednesday. Due to the newest wave of infections, the presiding judge of one of the country’s largest court systems ordered a two-week deferral of criminal proceedings in Los Angeles County.
Omicron appears to be much easier to spread than prior virus generations. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the new variation was responsible for 95.4 percent of cases identified in the US as of January 1.