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US records over 1 million new COVID-19 cases, shattering single-day record after reporting backlog

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  • The US recorded more than a million new COVID-19 cases Monday, per Johns Hopkins, a daily record.

  • The record total reflects the spread of the Omicron variant and a holiday reporting backlog.

  • The US is averaging 480,273 COVID-19 cases reported a day, its most of the pandemic.

The US on Monday recorded more than a million COVID-19 cases, shattering the single-day record set just last week.

The country reported 1,082,549 COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data, bringing its total number to 56,189,547.

The single-day figure was driven up in part by lags in reporting from the long holiday weekend; local health authorities often wait until after weekends or holidays to report positive tests.

Still, the country's seven-day average as of Monday was 480,273 cases, the highest it's been since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The rise in cases comes amid a global surge of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, which is thought to be the dominant coronavirus strain in the US.

New research suggests the variant has a less effective way of attacking lung cells that prior variants and therefore may be less severe in humans.

Roughly 1,200 Americans with COVID-19 died a day last week on average, according to Johns Hopkins data. More than 827,000 people in the US have died with COVID-19.

President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks Tuesday to address the spread of Omicron and discuss his administration's response to the surge in cases.

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