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    Omicron: EU Nations, US Post Fresh Covid surges


    Omicron continues to wreak havoc across the United States and Europe by replacing the Delta variant, and has become an influential strain due to record infections among its citizens.

    A total of 254,091 cases were recorded in the United States on Monday, according to data shared by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Several U.S. states have reported record growth since last year, adding to the backlog due to the holiday season.

    Health officials in the U.S. state of Arizona say 14,192 new cases have been recorded in the state, according to the news agency AP. Earlier, on January 3 last year, more than 17,000 cases were recorded in Arizona. Arizona is among the other states that reported a record seven-day average with 3,134 new Covid-19 cases, an increase of 13% over the previous record of 2,767 cases per day for seven days in November last year. Oregon also joined Kansas for a record seven-day maximum registration, when Mississippi reported an increase in hospital admissions due to covid.

    New York’s positivity rate is currently 33%, with a high caseload between the states of New York, Washington and Florida, Reuters reports.

    The United States currently has 14.51 million active cases and recorded 2,564 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the death toll to 848,826.

    Omicron continues to infect Europe

    European countries and the United Kingdom are facing a new challenge in the growing Covid-19 cases as Omicron has replaced the Delta variant in several countries. The UK reported 157,758 new cases on Monday, a rise since the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has said that the growing number of lawsuits could put further strain on the National Health Service (NHS), the UK’s healthcare system, and could last for weeks.

    “We need to recognize that the pressure on our NHS, our hospital is going to be significant in the next few weeks, and there could be more,” Johnson was quoted as saying by news agency AP.

    France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have also reported an increase in new Covid-19 cases. France, where lawmakers are debating the introduction of a vaccine pass, recorded 67,461 new cases on Monday. Germany and Italy recorded 26,345 and 68,052, respectively.

    The Netherlands and Spain, where mass protests against the Covid rule and the vaccine order were held, also saw an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. About 100,000 new cases have been recorded in Spain and the country’s health agency has reported 93,190 New cases and 42 deaths. The Dutch health agency reported 14,536 new cases with 14 deaths.

    The number of cases in Australia is close to 500,000

    Australia said on Tuesday it had surpassed the alarming number of 500,000 Covid-19 cases as the country reported 43,852 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 543,839. The country also reported four deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,270. New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported 23,131 cases where more than 1,300 people were hospitalized. Another Australian state, Victoria, reported 14,020 cases on Tuesday, saying more than 500 patients were hospitalized and more than 100 were in critical condition, according to the Associated Press.

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