Covid-19 was diagnosed in more than 1 million U.S. citizens on Monday. It is an omicron tsunami that has affected every part of American society’s daily lives.
The highly mutated variant drove U.S. cases to a record, the most — by a large margin — that any country has ever reported since the pandemic began more than two years ago. Monday’s number is almost double the previous record of about 590,000 set just four days ago in the U.S., which itself was a doubling from the prior week.
America’s daily case count on Monday was more than twice the number seen in any other country at any time. The highest number outside the U.S. came during India’s delta surge, when more than 414,000 people were diagnosed on May 7, 2021.
The stratospheric numbers being posted in the U.S. come even as many Americans are relying on tests they take at home, with results that aren’t reported to official government authorities. Therefore, the record for this year is likely to be significantly under-estimated.
Surging infectious diseases have caused cancellations of flights and closed offices as well as schools and offices to close, overburdened hospitals, and strangled supply chain.
Johns Hopkins University data is current as of midnight Eastern Time in Baltimore. Delays in reporting during holidays could have contributed to the rise in rates.