Daily US cases of Covid rose to the highest level in more than two months as scientists race to track the spread of the new disease. omicron variant.
Data from Johns Hopkins University showed that the seven-day rotating average for cases per day rose to about 121,437 on December 2, higher than at any point since September 26.
The figures showed the US passed the 100,000-case-a-day threshold on Thursday, remaining below that level since October 6.
The majority of those infections are probably still coming from the delta variant, which accounted for 99.9% of cases in the last week of November. by estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Data from the CDC also showed the country’s seven-day average daily death toll rose sharply after months of decline, from a low of 731 on November 28 to 1,651 on Saturday.
It comes after cases of omicron were detected in 16 states around the country, from Hawaii through Colorado to Massachusetts, suggesting that its spread can now be hard to contain.
Many of the cases were in fully vaccinated individuals, although it is not clear if they would receive a booster shot.
Scientists are still uncertain whether omicrons are more contagious or more deadly than delta, with early evidence showing it has 32 novel mutations in the mutant protein, which is used by coronaviruses to attack human cells.
White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Sunday that “so far, there doesn’t appear to be any seriousness about it”, but cautions that it is too early to draw conclusions.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-covid-omicron-cases-rising-b1970309.html For the first time in months, the US has an average of 100,000 new Covid cases per day