More than one lakh Kovid-19 infections in a day, a world record

The United States on Monday recorded more than one million daily Covid-19 infections, a record number just after the year-end holiday.

A total of 1,082,549 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread across the country.

This new daily tally brings the total number of confirmed cases in the United States to 56,189,547 since the start of the pandemic. Overall, the virus has caused at least 827,748 deaths in the country.

Hospitalizations for confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 reached an average of 97,855 in seven days on Monday, according to data released by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The figure is up 41% over the past two weeks, but lower than the peak of 137,510 recorded on January 10, 2021.

The rise of the Omicron version has resulted in thousands of flight cancellations during the holiday season and the temporary closure of some businesses and schools. Several major Wall Street banks have asked their employees to work from home during the first week of January.

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