World breaks new record for Covid cases

Amid the spread of the omicron variant, the world has recorded a new record of Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, with 3.67 million infections accounted for. The data were released by Our World in Data, a project linked to the University of Oxford, this Thursday (13), and refer to the previous day. It is the fifth daily record for new infections in the last ten days.

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The United States leads the ranking, with 894,900 registered cases. Then comes India, with 442,100 infections – the country’s record of cases until then was 414,188 registered on May 6, 2021, amid the proliferation of the delta variant.

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to US President Joe Biden, predicted on Wednesday that “the omicron, with its extraordinary and unprecedented degree of efficiency in transmissibility, will eventually catch almost everyone.”

But he added that once the country emerges from its current wave, it will transition to a future of living with the virus, with vaccines that should reduce serious illness for the majority and effective treatments available for the most vulnerable.

Hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the country rose by about 33%, and deaths were up about 40% from a week earlier, CDC director Rochelle Walenksy said on Wednesday.

Walenksy said US Covid-19 cases, driven by the fast-spreading omicron variant, are expected to peak in the coming weeks. The recent increase in Covid-19 deaths is likely a late effect of the delta variant, which was on the rise before the omicron took over the United States in December, said the CDC director.

Brazil reappeared among the ten countries with the most infected, despite the blackout of data and instability in the Ministry of Health’s systems. The platform recorded more than 87,000 cases in the country.

The number is a little lower than that recorded by the press consortium formed by Folha de S.Paulo, UOL, O Estado de S. Paulo, Extra, O Globo and G1- there were 88,464 known positive tests for the disease. The number is the highest on record since July 2, six months ago.

Despite the explosion in the number of infected due to the omicron variant, the number of deaths does not grow at the same rate. In the last 24 hours, 9,100 deaths were officially recorded. The record for deaths in 24 hours in the world remains from January 20, 2021: 18,062.

The average number of deaths in the last seven days is 6,700 deaths, below the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020, when it peaked at 7,100.

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