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Several New Cases in the United States Hitting New Highs

For the first time in two months, the United States is averaging over 100,000 new Covid-19 cases each day, just days after millions of Americans travelled for Thanksgiving. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average of new cases was 121,437 on Saturday (JHU).

Prior to this week, the United States had not broken the 100,000-case-per-day barrier since early October. The number of Covid-19 deaths is also on the rising, with a seven-day average of 1,651 persons dying from the virus each day as of Saturday, according to JHU data.

The number of people dying on a daily basis hasn’t been this high in over a month. Although the Delta variety continues to cause the great majority of new cases in the United States, health officials have discovered the new Omicron coronavirus variant in at least 16 states as of Saturday. Officials are concerned about the Omicron variation because early indicators suggest it may be more contagious than the original strain, and the large number of changes it has could reduce the effectiveness of current vaccines.

Scientists are attempting to evaluate the severity and transmissibility of Omicron, but officials have stated that this might take weeks. Despite this, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Thursday that the United States is better prepared now than it was at the start of the pandemic to deal with the newly discovered variety. Despite the fact that there is still a lot to learn about the new version, the surgeon general highlighted that mitigation efforts such as masks and hand hygiene along with physical separation are still helpful in giving some protection.

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