Biden administration anticipates Omicron variant crisis
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Daily Covid-19 infections in the U.S. are surging due to the Omicron variant, and are on track to set a new record. 214,499 new cases were detected on Sunday, marking an 83% jump over a 14-day average, and approaching the daily record of 251,232 positive cases reached in January 2021.
“We’re clearly on a vertical push right now,” reacted Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top pandemic adviser.
The difference with December 26, 2020, where the figures were 220,000 cases and 4,200 deaths, the figures for December 26, 2021, are impressive in terms of cases of infection with more than 200,000 cases but a very low number of deaths, less than 1000 deaths.
It is obvious that these are still high numbers in terms of deaths but it proves that the variant is very contagious but less deadly.
We will have to wait until mid-January 2022 to confirm that the Omicron variant is less deadly. President Biden’s America is better prepared to defend itself from Covid 19 and the Delta and Omicron variants because the White House has decided on very important sanitary measures to face this pandemic and the results are beginning to be felt with better equipped and more numerous hospitals and medical personnel to take care of the infected people.
The post-holiday period will be decisive.