Record of COVID-19 cases in the United States: more than two million infections in a week.

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Record of COVID-19 cases in the United States: more than two million infections in a week.

Although the Omicron variant is proving to be the most contagious since the start of the pandemic, deaths from the virus remain relatively low.

The United States authorities reported more than 2 million new coronavirus cases in a week (which ended yesterday Thursday), breaking another record in the almost two years of the pandemic. The predominant variant in all fifty states is the Omicron.

Omicron is the dominant type in all fifty states.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital reported 2.49 million new corona virus cases in the country this week, largely surpassing previous records of 1.7 million new cases a week between May 3 and May. ۔ January 9, 2021.

Given the importance of the increase in new infections, in the entire month of November 2021, 2.55 million new cases were registered nationwide, practically the same number as in just one week at the end of December.

Since the onset of the epidemic and as of Thursday, 647,067 million positive tests for COVID 19 have been registered (in some cases, the same person has been infected more than once).In other cases, an infected person has undergone several tests that were positive until you finally received a negative result). At least two million of these people tested positive in the past four days.

On Thursday, 16 states reported a record number of new infections: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington. There was also a record number of positive cases in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

In turn, one in ten counties also reported record numbers of infections in the week ending yesterday. In addition, the rate of new cases is reported 94 percent faster in this past week than a week earlier.

But the good news is that as the days go by, the initial theory that Ómicron is a more contagious but less severe variant and less lethal seems to be proven. The numbers of deaths linked to the virus are nowhere near the record numbers known to be seen in the past. The disastrous first place in the number of people killed due to the virus occurred in the week of January 10 to 16, 2021, when 23,415 people died. Last week 10,823 deaths were reported.

Experts indicate that not necessarily the rise in the number of infections immediately leads to an increase in the number of deaths. Usually, the second indicator comes between one and two weeks after the cases skyrocket. Because those who have died as a result of the coronavirus generally did not do so immediately. They were in agony for a week or two before the fatal outcome.

However, epidemiologists are optimistic about this new wave. They do not believe that there will be a substantial increase in the number of deaths in the next two weeks because a key indicator is not increasing either: hospitalizations. And those usually happen immediately.

Globally, cases increased by 61 percent in the last week, and the previous two weeks have doubled. The world is close to having a new infected every fourteen seconds.