Omicron not peaking nationally yet, surgeon general says; Djokovic leaves Australia after losing appeal: COVID-19 updates

  • In Business
  • 2022-01-16 21:46:06Z

COVID-19 is sending mixed messages. The U.S. is recording over 800,000 cases a day for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, and hospitalizations are also setting records.

But New York State recorded only about 48,000 cases on Friday, almost a 47% drop from the previous week's case count, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday.

"We are turning the corner on the winter surge, but we're not through this yet," the governor said in a statement.

Minnesota also saw declining intensive-care hospitalizations for COVID-19, and cases have been falling in Washington D.C. and other cities in the eastern half of the country.

But New York's declining trend is not indicative of the national COVID-19 portrait, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned on Sunday.

"The entire country is not moving at the same pace," he told CNN host Jake Tapper.

Oklahoma and Georgia both saw over a 100% rise in weekly COVID-19 cases, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows, while Colorado saw a 90% increase.

"We shouldn't expect a national peak in the next coming days," he said. "The next feel weeks will be tough."

Also in the news:

►The United States has reported its 850,000 death, Johns Hopkins University data shows. The U.S. averaged 1,776 reported deaths per day over the last week.

►The Biden administration on Wednesday will launch a website where Americans can order up to four free COVID-19 testing kits per person.

U.S. Rep. David Trone of Maryland announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Trone said he has received a booster and is experiencing "only minor symptoms," according to The Washington Post.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has signed an executive order requiring all government workers on the tribe's vast reservation to receive a booster shot.

???? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 65 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 850,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 326 million cases and over 5.5 million deaths. More than 208 million Americans - 62.9% - are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

???? What we're reading: Omicron is closing daycare centers in droves. Parents are "just trying to stay afloat." USA TODAY's Alia Wong explains.


More Related News

Australia's Commonwealth Bank slams breaks on crypto services

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has paused the launch of crypto trading on its app amid heightened volatility in the crypto market, The Guardian...

Amber Heard still being investigated over perjury allegation in Australia dog incident, legal expert weighs in
Amber Heard still being investigated over perjury allegation in Australia dog incident, legal expert weighs in
  • US
  • 2022-05-20 06:00:02Z

Amber Heard is currently entrenched in a defamation lawsuit brought against her by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, but the "Aquaman" actress is also still...

Australia election: A simple guide
Australia election: A simple guide

Australians go to the polls on 21 May, for the country's first election since 2019.

Australia set to go to polls in expected close election
Australia set to go to polls in expected close election
  • US
  • 2022-05-20 04:20:44Z

Australians will go to the polls on Saturday following a six-week election campaign that has focused on pandemic-fueled inflation, climate change and fears...

Australia's Woolworths offers to buy majority stake in

The A$217.4 million ($152.88 million) deal involves Woolworths paying A$1.05 per share of MyDeal - a near 63% premium to the stock's last close on Thursday...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Business