U.S. reaches 1 million daily Covid cases amid spread of omicron variant

The United States hit 1 million new Covid-19 cases on Monday, according to data compiled by NBC News, underscoring the threat of the omicron variant as the third year of the pandemic gets underway.

Washington, D.C., and Florida have had the largest jump in new cases in the last two weeks. Washington saw Covid cases increase by 902 percent in that time period, while cases in Florida went up 744 percent, according to an NBC News analysis of state and local health data.

The record-breaking single-day total could be a reflection of delayed reporting as a number of states did not announce data on New Year’s Eve and during the holiday weekend.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the omicron variant now accounts for up to 95 percent of U.S. test samples reviewed last week, according to modeled projections. But that projection could differ from later estimates.

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