‘Covid-19 cases in country surpass 50mn’

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Other states with over 1.2 million cases include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona and New Jersey…reports Asian Lite News

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the US topped 50 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Covid-19 case on Monday count rose to 50,009,507, with a total of 7,97,916 deaths, as of 2:22 p.m. local time (1922 GMT), the data showed.

California topped the state-level caseload list, with 5,169,348 cases. Texas confirmed the second most Covid-19 cases of 4,394,772, followed by Florida with 3,754,042 cases, New York with 2,854,057 cases, and Illinois with more than 1.9 million cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

Other states with over 1.2 million cases include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona and New Jersey, according to the tally.

The US remains the nation worst hit by the pandemic, with the world’s most cases and deaths, making up more than 18 per cent of the global caseload and more than 15 per cent of the global deaths.

Covid-19 caseload reached 10 million on November 9, 2020, crossed 20 million on January 1, 2021, exceeded 30 million on March 24, and surpassed 40 million on September 6.

The new Omicron Covid variant first arrived in the US by November 15, instead of December 1 as believed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

California had reported what was believed to be the first confirmed case on December 1.

But the CDC said the first-known case of Omicron in the US was found in a person who had travelled internationally and started presenting symptoms on November 15, CNBC reported.

An international traveller returned to San Francisco from South Africa on November 22, developed symptoms three days later and tested positive on November 29.

The CDC said 22 states have confirmed at least one Omicron case, and some of those cases indicate community spread is underway.

Among 43 omicron Covid patients, 33 per cent reported international travel during the 14 days before symptom onset or testing positive, according to the CDC.

Case investigations have identified exposures associated with international and domestic travel, large public events and household transmission, the report said.

One vaccinated person was hospitalised for two days, but there haven’t been any deaths reported to date among the patients who have been followed by health officials, according to the CDC.

Among the cases, 58 per cent of the patients were between 18 and 39 years of age, and 79 per cent were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before symptom onset or testing positive.

Fourteen people had received booster doses and six had recovered from previous Covid infections, according to the CDC.

Five received their booster dose less than 14 days before symptom onset.

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