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US shatters daily record for coronavirus infections with nearly 1.4 million recorded cases

THE United States has reported nearly 1.4 million new coronavirus cases as it shattered the record for the highest daily total for any country in the world today.

It surpassed the previous record number of daily infections which stood at 1.03 million, reported on January 3, as the omicron variant continues its rapid spread.

The rising infection numbers came on the same day the US saw record numbers of hospital admissions due to coronavirus, with the numbers doubling in the past three weeks.

More than 136,604 people were hospitalised, up from the previous high of 132,051 in January last year.

Hospitals are struggling to cope with the surge in infections, with elective procedures and operations cancelled amid staff shortages.

Deaths are averaging 1,700 a day, up from 1,400 but health officials say it is in line with levels seen this winter.

Some governments are seeking to downplay the seriousness of the omicron variant, describing the symptoms as “mild” in comparison to previous strains.

But the World Health Organisation has warned against such advice and said that half of Europeans are on track to be infected by the virus.

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