The nation posted its second-highest daily total on Friday for new COVID-19 cases as some experts predict up to five million workers calling in sick in the coming week.
“On Friday, the US recorded 900,832 new COVID cases, second only to the more than 1 million cases recorded on Monday. The nation’s four highest caseload days since the start of the pandemic were all recorded in the past week,” the Daily Mail reported.
“The average daily case increase over the past seven days has been 664,732, a 64 percent increase from a week ago, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Deaths ticked up on Friday to 2,615, a 22 percent increase from week-ago levels on a rolling-average basis, but still well below the peak a year ago,” it added.
Fauci’s Doom and Gloom
“It’s still surging upward… I would not be surprised at all if we go over a million cases per day,” Fauci told WNBC-TV on Friday.
WNBC: Fauci says US will likely hit 1 million new COVID cases a day as #Omicron wave peaks, but wave’s crest & a reduction in cases may be just a couple of weeks away, if South African pattern holds.#COVID19 https://t.co/pHxtVjIyfX
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“I would hope that by the time we get to the fourth week in January — end of the third week, beginning of the fourth week – that we will start see this coming down,” he added.
In addition to workplaces, the spike in COVID-19 positive cases will likely lead to additional school closures and staff shortages.
Chicago faced its fourth consecutive day of closures as teachers refuesed to return to in-person learning.
The move is keeping 350,000 kids out of school in one of the nation’s largest school districts.
Chicago schools are closed for a 4th day as the district refuses teacher requests for online learning and more safety protocols.
The decision is keeping 350,000 kids out of school. The district called teachers’ actions “illegal” and the city has threatened to not pay them. pic.twitter.com/RQiaQ4Mc9U
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The Omicron variant has led to both a spike in cases as well as a growing number of cases among those already vaccinated. The new push for booster shots may help, but will not stop the immediate shortages facing the nation.
The Biden administration will continue to be criticized as numbers spike despite claims to stop the virus and claims that there has been success in stopping it.