US reports record 1 million Covid cases with peak still to come

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The US has recorded more than one million new Covid cases, as officials warn the peak of a fast-spreading Omicron surge is still to come.

A record 1,080,211 cases were reported yesterday – the highest one-day tally of new cases anywhere in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Omicron variant accounts for the majority of cases in the US.

The top US pandemic adviser Anthony Fauci has said the country is facing “almost a vertical increase” in cases.

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India is bracing for a third wave of coronavirus as its largest cities – the capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai – see a surge in cases.

India reported 37,379 cases yesterday, a fivefold rise in a week that experts say is fuelled by the Omicron variant.

Nearly a third of those infections came from Delhi and Mumbai, where cases are rising most steeply.

Both cities have brought back curfews and other restrictions to halt the spread of the virus.

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