Fauci: Omicron cases likely to peak by end of January

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The current seven-day daily average of cases in the United States is about 240,400 per day, an increase of about 60 per cent over the previous week…reports Asian Lite News

Cases involving the coronavirus Omicron variant will likely peak by the end of January, presidential medical adviser Anthony Fauci said.

“I would imagine, given the size of our country and the diversity of vaccination versus no vaccination, that it likely will be more than a couple of weeks, probably by the end of January, I would think,” Fauci told CNBC said on Wednesday in response to a question about when the coronavirus cases will peak in the United States.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided data showing that the Omicron variant accounted for 58.6% of all new infections in the United States in the week ending on December 25. The Omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa in November, is said by public health officials to be more transmissible but produces milder cases.

The current seven-day daily average of cases in the United States is about 240,400 per day, an increase of about 60 per cent over the previous week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating more cruise ships due to new Covid-19 cases aboard.

A total of 88 vessels are under CDC’s investigation or observation for Covid-19 outbreaks. Four other vessels are also being monitored by the US health agency, according to the latest data on the agency’s website.

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CDC will follow up with cruise ships when an investigation is required as ships begin to sail with passengers on simulated or restricted voyages under the agency’s Temporary Extension & Modification of Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, said the agency.

While cruising will always pose some risk of Covid-19 transmission, CDC is committed to working with cruise ship operators to ensure that cruise ship passenger operations are conducted in a way that reduces the risk of Covid-19 transmission among crew members, passengers and port personnel, the agency added on its website.

Covid-19 cases are surging to record high again as the Omicron variant continues to drive extremely high infection levels, Xinhua news agency reported.

The country registered a grim new record of over 510,000 daily Covid-19 cases on Monday, according to data of Johns Hopkins University. (inputs from IANS/ANI/Sputnik)

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