Since last week, the World Health Organization announced that the Omicron virus strain would bring a “tsunami” of infections, and confirmed infections worldwide have jumped 71% to 9.5 million. The United States is currently experiencing the most violent outbreak of the epidemic in the past two years, and the American medical system is also facing an unprecedented huge. However, experts believe that this Omicron shock wave is expected to pass its peak in the next few days.
According to the latest data, the number of newly confirmed cases in the United States on Thursday was 662,000, which is the fourth-highest single-day data after the number of confirmed cases in the United States exceeded one million on January 3. In the past 28 days, there have been 9.547 million new cases in the United States. Confirmed cases in the U.S. total about 60 million since the outbreak began.
While the Omicron strain is less lethal than the delta strain, the surge in infections has exceeded the capacity of many hospitals, health officials said.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus in the U.S. has reached 123,000, approaching a record of 132,000 tracked by Reuters. However, the death toll is still relatively stable, at around 1,400 a day, down from last year’s peak.
Los Angeles County reported 44,000 new cases on Friday, the county’s highest single-day number since the pandemic began, surpassing the 37,000 reported on Thursday and well above the worst outbreak last winter, according to the Los Angeles Times. The stage set a record of 16,000 cases.
The intensification of the epidemic has led to a surge in the number of hospitalizations and hospital tests, highlighting shortages of resources such as medical staff, hospital beds and ambulances. In Orange County, ambulance wait times have increased from the usual 30 minutes to 52 minutes, the Los Angeles Times said. Hospitals in the county have set up tents to add more beds to accommodate more patients. California Governor Newsom announced Friday that the National Guard will be deployed to hospitals across the state to help with virus testing.
Florida’s daily increase in cases reached 76,887 on Friday, the highest number on record since the pandemic. More than 9,000 people with the virus have been hospitalized in the state, the highest number since last September and a 120% increase from two weeks ago, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The United States rarely conducts large-scale full-scale virus testing, whether at the federal or state level. People infected with the virus are usually found to be infected with the virus because of physical discomfort, or when they go to the hospital to see other diseases. Therefore, it is generally believed that the actual number of infections in the United States may be higher than the published data.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told a news conference Friday that 42 percent of hospitalizations in New York state accidentally discovered they had the virus while being tested at a hospital.
Hocher, however, expressed optimism about the state’s outbreak, saying the peak of the Omicron shock wave may have passed in recent days. “It will be a few days before we can say the peak is over,” New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“I think we can expect January to be a tough month, but things should get a lot better by February,” Bassett said.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensk made similar comments on Friday. He predicts that cases in Omikjon are soaring fast, but such cases are expected to decline just as fast.