There’s still no sign of a reprieve at the start of the new year, as daily average of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to rocket higher, although, while deaths hold relatively steady. The seven-day average of COVID-19-related hospitalizations climbed to 93,322 on Sunday, up 35% from two weeks ago and the most since Sept. 16, according to a New York Times tracker. And the daily average of new cases spiked to 405,470 on Sunday, more than tripling (up 204%) in two weeks and 61% above the Jan. 11 peak of 251,232. The daily average for deaths was 1,254, down 3% from two weeks ago. The number of fully vaccinated Americans edged up to 205.81 million, or 62% of the population, while 68.81 million, or 33.4%, have received booster shots. Meanwhile, the White House’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering adding a negative test, along with its recommendation to isolate for five days, for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus. Globally, the tally for COVID-19 cases climbed to above 290.2 million as of Monday morning and the death toll climbed to 5.45 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total COVID-19 case count of 55.11 million and death toll of 826,064.
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