US daily COVID-19 cases top 1.4M, setting record

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The U.S. tallied more than 1.4 million new COVID-19 cases on Monday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. 

Case counts in the country totaled 1,483,656 on Jan. 10, a record high. At the beginning of the month, the previous record totaled 1.03 million.

An influx of cases is reported each Monday, due to the fact that many states do not do so over the weekend.

Registered nurse Sara Nystrom prepares to enter a patient’s room in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Jan. 3, 2022.
(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

On Friday, the agency said in a weekly review that cases continue to “increase rapidly” driven by omicron, which may account for 95% of cases.

With lines for PCR tests including a sometimes hours-long wait and prices rising for at-home rapid antigen tests, the Biden administration announced this week that, starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. 

While more Americans are getting booster shots – the CDC shows 75.8 million have been boosted – Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla said a specific omicron vaccine is likely necessary and could be ready to launch by March.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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