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The numbers of hospitalizations for COVID-19 could increase in the coming days, acknowledged Dr. Anthony Fauci, who suggested not letting our guard down when it comes to screening, vaccination and reinforcement tests.
“The only difficulty is that, if you have so many cases, even if the hospitalization rate is lower with Ómicron than with Delta, there is still the danger that there will be an increase in hospitalizations that could stress the health system,” he said in CNN.
According to the Johns Hopkins University count, Intensive Care (ICU) bed occupations for COVID-19 patients increased from 16,761 to 18,058, but that number could be higher, because there is a delay in the medical reports to create the statistics.
In the last 24 hours, 161,398 new cases were reported, a considerable reduction in 450,298 infections previous, but the numbers could change.
Regarding deaths, the figure dropped from 716 to 257.
“We are definitely in the middle of a surge and a very severe spike in cases,” Fauci told The Associated Press. “The acceleration of the cases that we have seen is unprecedented, it has gone far beyond anything we have seen before.”
It is possible that the effects of the New Year celebrations in cases of coronavirus will be seen the following week.