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- The US smashed yet another global COVID infection record on Thursday when 647,067 new cases were reported – up 26 percent from the day before, when 512,533 new cases were reported
- In total, the United States saw 2.49 million new cases within the past week, outpacing the country’s previous record of 1.7 million new cases recorded in the one-week period from January 3 through January 9
- At the same time, though, the number of daily deaths have halved from 2,800 to 1,400 between Wednesday and Thursday, sparking hopes Omicron won’t be as deadly as the Delta variant
- Flights are still being canceled during the busy holiday season with almost every major airline facing shortages as staff test positive for COVID, with 1,198 flights axed on New Year’s Eve alone
- Americans are still waiting hours in lines to be tested for COVID-19 as the Omicron variant sweeps the nation
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- UK should hold off on a new booster and the wait for data on long term impact of current jabs, experts say
- Scientists say giving a booster every 3 months not feasible, and may not improve immunity significantly
- Some claim Omicron is now a ‘natural vaccine’, but one expert poured cold water on idea, saying it is ‘bulls***’