U.S. reports record 1.3M Covid cases in a day as hospitalizations soar

The United States reported 1.34 million cases of Covid on Monday, according to a tally by NBC News, with the daily case rate shattering global records as hospital admissions soared across the country.

According to a tally by NBC News, at least 1,343,167 new Covid infections were identified on Monday, surpassing the previous record of 1,044,970 cases set on January 3.

The daily case numbers tend to be high on Mondays, as many states do not report on weekends. However, the number still suggests a dramatic increase in cases in the United States as the highly transmissible omicron variant continues to spread.

It also marks the highest daily total recorded for any country in the world, according to Reuters, with the US recording a total of 61,490,917 cases since the Covid-19 pandemic began on Monday, according to data from NBC News.

The seven-day average for cases in the U.S. also hit its highest-ever level on Monday, averaging 740,594 cases per day, with 24 states reporting their highest 7-day average ever.

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The record highs came as Covid hospital admissions skyrocketed in the U.S. as well, with the seven-day average for hospital admissions hitting 135,574 on Monday, up 83.1 percent over the past two weeks.

The surge in hospital admissions was particularly noticeable in some Midwestern and Central Atlantic states, according to an NBC News analysis of the U.S. Department of Health’s Covid hospital admission data.

On Monday, Washington, DC’s population-adjusted rate was the highest in the country, followed by Ohio, New Jersey and New York.

Meanwhile, the southern states have seen the largest shift in hospital admissions in the past two weeks, with the seven-day average for hospital admissions in Louisiana increasing 341 percent from 340 to 1,501 in the past two weeks, while Florida has seen its average increase by 277 Percent rose from 2,426 to 9,169, according to the NBC News tally.

People await Covid tests on Capitol Hill on January 10, 2022 in Washington, where Covid hospital stays have increased.Brendan Smialowski / AFP – Getty Images

As the highly contagious variant of Omicron continues to spread, hospitals have also reported a growing trend of admitting patients with other conditions who also test positive for Covid-19.

Doctors told NBC News the trend could mean more people have asymptomatic or undiagnosed cases than current data shows.

In his Weekly Covid Review published on Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases across the country continue to “increase rapidly,” with the increase being “driven by the Omicron variant.”

The health department said CDC projections suggested the Omicron variant could now account for about 95 percent of Covid cases in the United States

“The whole country is now experiencing high levels of community transmission,” it said, noting that “hospital admissions are also increasing”.

“Although early data suggests that Omicron infections may be less severe than other variants, the increase in cases and hospital admissions is expected to weigh on the healthcare system in the coming weeks,” she warned.

Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed.

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