More than 2.4 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the US in the past week –beating the previous record set a year ago, according to new data.
The new statistic — which beats out the just over 2 million cases recorded between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, 2021 — comes amid the fast-paced spread of the highly-contagious Omicron variant, the data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
The US has tallied more than 2 million COVID-19 cases this past week, according to Johns Hopkins University.AFP via Getty ImagesNew Yorkers have flooded COVID-19 testing sites as multiple CityMD locations shut down due to staffing shortages.China News Service via Getty ImagesDespite record-high COVID-19 positive cases, less than 9,000 Americans died from the virus the past week.SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
On Thursday, several states also set records for new cases, including Louisiana, where the 24-hour total of 12,467 new infections was more than a third above the 9,378 from the day before, Gov. John Bel Edwards said, according to USA Today.
On the more positive side, the weekly death count isn’t approaching record levels, with 8,878 people succumbing to the illness in the past week – which may support early evidence that the surging variant causes less severe infections, despite it being more transmissible.
Approximately 62 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, according to the CDC.AFP via Getty ImagesCars line up for miles near a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Orlando, Florida on Dec. 30, 2021.Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press WirePresident Biden has promised to mail out 500 million at-home rapid tests through a website request in response to high demand.Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
The most deaths recorded in a single week occurred between Jan. 10-16 of this year, when 23,415 died.
Meanwhile, more than 54.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 824,000 deaths have been recorded in the US, according to Johns Hopkins.
Americans have rushed to COVID-19 testing sites amid the holiday season.UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesNew Yorkers line up at a COVID-19 testing hub in Penn Station on Dec. 30, 2021.Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesData from Johns Hopkins University suggests that while the Omicron variant does spread faster, it does not correlate with more COVID-19 deaths or severe infections.Bloomberg via Getty Images
In the US, more than 205.8 million people – about 62 percent of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention