CNN reported on the 27th (local time) that the increase in the number of new coronavirus infections (COVID-19) is expected to intensify after the Christmas holiday in the United States, where the spread of the new mutation Omicron is not going to stop.
According to data released by Johns Hopkins University on the 26th, an average of 198,404 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the United States per day in the past week. This is a 47% increase from a week ago and the highest since January 19.
The 7-day average death toll also increased by 3% to 1,345.
In particular, New York, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico recorded the highest average number of new cases since the pandemic on the 7th.
As the Christmas holiday is over and the year-end holiday approaches again, the number of confirmed cases is expected to increase even more.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said, “The pandemic will continue for the time being due to the omicron mutation, which is a highly contagious mutation.”
CNN medical analyst Jonathan Reiner even predicted that “over the next week to 10 days, there could be 500,000 confirmed cases a day.”
Although the number of hospitalizations is not increasing as the number of confirmed cases is rapidly increasing, it cannot be denied that the medical system is in danger of increasing burden.
The number of hospitalized patients due to COVID-19 is also increasing significantly. This is an 8% increase from the previous week.
Currently, the use of intensive care units in the U.S. is 75%, and about 21% of them are occupied by COVID-19 confirmed cases.
In particular, the New York Department of Health announced on the 5th that the number of hospitalized children in New York City has quadrupled since the first report of the Omicron mutation in New York City. About half of hospitalized children are under the age of 5, not eligible for vaccination.
New York City averages 19,268 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day.
Previously, New York Governor Kathy Hocal declared a state of emergency, saying the number of confirmed cases could surge this winter due to the delta and micron mutations of COVID-19.
The state of emergency, which took effect on the 3rd, allows state health authorities to restrict non-essential and non-emergency procedures to secure quarantine supplies, increase hospital capacity, and respond to potential manpower shortages.
In addition, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We need to take very drastic measures.”
“If there is a shortage of manpower, the quarantine time can be further shortened,” the CDC said.
The CDC has also adjusted the quarantine period for the general public. For those who were not vaccinated, if they were asymptomatic during the 10 days of quarantine, they were quarantined for 5 days, and for the remaining 5 days they were allowed to move while wearing a mask.
In addition, those who have been vaccinated will be able to move if they wear a mask during the 10-day quarantine period.
Meanwhile, data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that vaccination is a strong protective barrier against severe cases of COVID-19. According to CDC data, those who are not vaccinated are five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 and 14 times more likely to die than those who have been vaccinated.
However, the current vaccination rate for COVID-19 in the U.S. is only 62%.
(Seoul = News 1)