Several countries are seeing record-breaking COVID-19 cases as the more contagious Omicron variant spreads.
The highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread rapidly in India, where daily infections are setting new records.
Australia’s COVID-19 cases meanwhile reached a new pandemic high on Tuesday as hospital admissions increased.
Almost 300 million people has tested positive for COVID-19 worldwide over the past two years, and more than five million deaths have been reported.
Here are Tuesday’s updates:
India: Highest daily falls since September
India has reported the highest number of COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours since early September, bringing the total number of infections to 34.9 million.
Deaths rose by 124 to a total of 482,017, when Omicron Delta overtook places like the capital, New Delhi.
I tested positive for Covid. Mild symptoms. Insulated myself at home. Those who have been in contact with me over the last few days, please isolate yourself and let yourself be tested
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 4 January 2022
One of the newly infected people was Delhi head minister Arvind Kejriwal, who spoke during an election rally on Monday without wearing a mask.
Kejriwal said in a Twitter post that he had been quarantined at home and encouraged those who had come into contact with him in recent days to be tested for COVID-19.
Australia COVID-19 cases rise, hospitalizations rise
Australian officials reported a record new daily 47,799 infections, a figure that exceeded the previous high of 37,212 on Monday.
In the state of New South Wales, home of Sydney, hospital admissions rose to 1,344, a new pandemic peak, reaching the 1,266 reached during the Delta Gulf in September. Numbers have more than doubled in a week, complicating the health care system.
Officials in New South Wales said 74 per cent of patients in the state’s intensive care units since December 16 had been infected with the Delta variant.
Australia’s antitrust regulator, meanwhile, said it had contacted suppliers of fast antigen test kits to investigate price pressures in the market as calls became tougher for the government to make the tests free amid a severe shortage of kits.