The number of Covid-19 hospitalizations has increased by 45% from the previous month, the number of cases has also increased by 40% to an average of 123,000 cases per day, according to Reuters statistics.
In Ohio, overwhelmed hospitals will receive support from 1,050 National Guard soldiers. 150 nurses and other health care workers will be deployed to hospitals across the state.
A Covid-19 testing point in Ho Chi Minh City. New York, USA
Faced with the pandemic situation, New York also announced it would cancel Christmas concerts.
Three major North American sports federations had to impose restrictions after dozens of players tested positive for Covid-19.
On December 17, Pfizer predicted the pandemic would last until 2024 and said the vaccine produced a weaker-than-expected immune response in 2-4 year olds. The announcement may delay the release of vaccines at this age.
According to early studies, Omicron is able to transmit much more quickly than previous variants, and has the ability to evade antibodies produced by vaccines or individual diseases.
Public health officials say Omicron is likely to become the dominant strain in the US, after its rapid spread in countries such as the UK and South Africa.
Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a Twitter post urged: “Get a booster vaccine now. The Omicron tidal wave may be coming. get to a hospital near you soon”.
On December 17, America’s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned that the unusually high levels of infection in Omicron could cause more hospitalizations and deaths.
Earlier, President Joe Biden also said that unvaccinated Americans could face “serious illness and death” in the coming months.