The United States recorded over 1 million cases of COVID-19 on Monday amid an Omicron surge and possible delays in reporting caused by the holidays.
The daily record was by far the highest any country has ever reported, and is almost double the previous record of about 590,000 cases, also from the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The highest number outside the U.S. was at 414,000 cases in India during its Delta surge in May 2021.
States with the most cases per 100,000 people are Maryland, Alabama, Delaware, New Jersey and Ohio, JHU data showed.
The record is expected to be underestimated as many Americans are self-testing at home without reporting results to government authorities.
Although the surge in infections have not yet translated to a surge in severe cases and deaths, it has already caused lockdowns and overwhelmed hospitals across the country.
The new daily tally brings the total confirmed cases in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic to 56,189,547.
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