COVID deaths across the country rose by 40 percent as more than 841,000 in the US have died in the pandemic.
Hospitalisations in the United States from the coronavirus are up by about 33 percent over the past week while deaths are up by some 40 percent, head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia registered its highest daily number of new COVID-19 infections so far, health ministry data showed on Wednesday, breaking through 5,000 cases.
The European Medicines Agency says the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant across the continent is pushing COVID-19 towards being an endemic disease that humanity can live with.
Other key developments:
- Red Cross says Omicron threatens to overwhelm South Asia’s health systems
- The WHO predicts more than half of the people in Europe could catch Omicron by March.
- The WHO also said repeating boosters is not a good strategy against emerging variants of the virus, and that more effort has to be made to ensure poorer countries get their first course of the vaccines.