The United States reported 1.35 million new coronavirus infections on Monday.
The highest daily number in any country in the world, as the spread of highly contagious omicron shows no signs of decline.
The previous record was 1.03 million incidents on January 3. A large number of cases were reported every Monday due to many provinces not being reported over the weekend.
The seven-day average of new cases tripled in two weeks to more than 700,000 new cases a day.
The record in new cases came on the same day as the nation saw the number of hospitalized patients COVID-19 also rise sharply, doubling in three weeks.
There were more than 136,604 people hospitalized with COVID-19, exceeding the 132,051 records set in January last year.
The rise in crime has plagued schools that are struggling to cope with the absenteeism of staff, teachers, and bus drivers.
Chicago canceled classes on the fourth day as the district and teachers failed to agree on how to tackle the spread of disease.
Even New York City has suspended the operation of three subway lines as a number of staff members became ill, according to their Twitter account.
The company’s plans for re-employment have also been disrupted.
The mortality rate reached 1,700 a day, up from about 1,400 in recent days but within the levels seen earlier this winter.
The redesigned COVID-19 vaccine specifically targeting the omicron variant may be needed, a Pfizer Inc official said Monday, adding that his company may have one ready to launch in March.
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Although the omicron variant could be very serious, health officials have warned that a large number of infections could undermine hospital systems, some of which have already shut down selection processes as they struggle to manage patient growth and staff shortages.