Omicron surge pushes U.S. COVID hospitalizations toward record high By Reuters

Omicron surge pushes U.S. COVID hospitalizations toward record high By Reuters
2/2 Omicron surge pushes U.S. COVID hospitalizations toward record high © Reuters. A member of the Ohio National Guard assists with administering coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse 2/2

By Maria Caspani and Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK (Reuters) – COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States are poised to hit a new high as early as Friday, according to a Reuters tally, surpassing the record set in January of last year as the highly contagious Omicron variant fuels a surge in infections.

Hospitalizations have increased steadily since late December as Omicron quickly overtook Delta as the dominant coronavirus variant in the United States, although experts say Omicron will likely prove less deadly than prior iterations.

Health officials have nevertheless warned that the sheer number of infections caused by Omicron was placing a strain on hospitals, some of…

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