European Countries, U.S. Report Highest Daily Records of COVID-19 Cases

Several European countries and the United States reported their highest daily records of COVID-19 cases, driven by the more contagious Omicron variant.

On Dec. 28, France reported 179,807 new cases — the highest ever number of new daily cases in Europe.

The United Kingdom reported a record high of 138,831 new cases despite data missing from Northern Ireland, which suggests that the actual figure could be higher.

England reported 117,093 cases and Wales reported 12,378 cases — both of which are record high.

Italy reported 78,343 new cases while Greece reported 21,657, which was more than twice as high as the cases recorded a day before.

Meanwhile, Portugal confirmed a record of 17,172 new cases despite having the highest vaccination rates in the world.

Cyprus reported 2,241 new cases while Iceland reported 893 new cases.

On Dec. 27, Denmark and the United States also reported their highest daily record with 16,164 and 512,553 cases respectively.

Cases have surged during the holidays and the World Health Organization has warned that health systems could be pushed towards the brink of collapse.

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