For the second consecutive day, the United States on Tuesday recorded more than 1 million new COVID-19 infections, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
By 8 p.m. Tuesday, cumulative U.S. COVID-19 cases totaled 57,048,792, with more than 6.9 million cases reported during the past 28 days and more than 5 million cases confirmed in the 10 days since Christmas.
Meanwhile, weekly data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that, for the week ended Dec. 25, the delta variant accounted for roughly 41% of all COVID-19 cases, while the omicron variant accounted for nearly 59%.
The record single-day totals may be due in part to delayed holiday weekend reporting after several U.S. states did not report data on New Year’s Eve and many do not routinely report data on weekends, meaning that some of these cases could be from positive tests taken on prior days, CNBC reported.
Regardless, the seven-day average of daily new U.S. cases as of Monday wass 480,273, the highest such metric of new cases in any country tracked by Johns Hopkins.
According to a seven-day average of data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some 98,000 Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday, reflecting a 32% week-over-week increase. That figure is approaching peak delta wave levels in early September when about 103,000 people were hospitalized with the virus but remains lower than the 2021 winter peak when roughly 137,000 Americans required COVID-19 hospitalizations, CNBC reported.
Meanwhile, average daily COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are hovering around 1,200, compared with more the more than 3,000 virus-related fatalities reported daily during the month of January 2021, the network reported.
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