According to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, more than 5.5 million people, including over 842,000 Americans, have died as a result of the disease.
In the United States, the CDC estimates that about 62.6% of the population has been fully immunized against COVID-19.
WHO reports a 55 percent increase in weekly new cases.
The World Health Organization reported on Tuesday that the number of cases worldwide increased by 55 percent in the week ending Jan. 9.
An increase from the previous week’s estimated 9.5 million new cases to more than 15 million new cases was reported by the UN health agency, according to its weekly epidemiological update. According to the latest update, Omicron is “rapidly replacing” other variants.
There is increasing evidence that the Omicron variant is less severe than other variants in terms of disease severity,” the update stated.
The “gradual” rise that began in October had come to an end, according to the update, with last week’s increase slowing from the previous week’s 71% increase.
Cases in the Americas rose by 78 percent, down from the previous week’s total of 100 percent, according to an update. According to the latest data, the number of newly reported cases increased by 418 percent in Southeast Asia.
Following the weekend data dump, the US daily case average surpassed 750,000.
According to federal data, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has increased by more than six times in the last month.
More than 1.4 million new cases were recorded on Monday, following a surge in testing requests and a backlog of data from the weekend.
Case numbers in the U.S. are rising, but this does not necessarily mean that every region is experiencing a similar rise or decline in the number of cases in the country.
Although the country’s recent omicron surge is most certainly to blame for the high case totals, the data is extremely volatile on a daily basis. In many states, data is no longer collected over the weekends, resulting in an impression of low weekend totals and high daily numbers on the Monday and Tuesday of the following week.
In addition, there was a significant spike in demand over the holiday season, which may have inflated supply. Experts, however, believe that the total number of COVID-19 tests performed at home may be underestimated.
Dr. Eric Snyder, medical director of the emergency department at the hard-hit Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Los Angeles, told ABC News that the facility is “incomplete disaster mode”.