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COVID-19 infections spike across the world Updated: 2022-01-10 17:03:04 KST

The U.S. and Latin America are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The U.S., on Sunday saw its seven day average for COVID-19 cases surpass the 700-thousand mark.
This was up by 78% from a week ago.
According to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 900-thousand cases in a span of just 24 hours on Saturday.
The U.S. has now seen a total of nearly 60 million COVID-19 cases.

The virus is worsening in Latin America, as well.
As of Saturday, Mexico reported 30-thousand 6-hundred 71 new infections which was the first time the daily tally has gone above 30-thousand.
This was up ten-fold compared to a few weeks ago.
Argentina also saw more than 100-thousand new cases for the first time on Friday.
This was nearly 30 times the number reported early last month.
Colombia's daily tally has reached 30-thousand, close to its record high of 33-thousand in June.
70 percent of its recent COVID-19 infections were the Omicron variant.

And Omicron is posing a threat in Brazil as well.
Health authorities in the country have warned that the variant could push daily infections past 1.3 million as of late March.
This comes as the country hasn't been able to conduct PCR tests due to a shortage of test kits.
To solve this, the government plans to distribute more than 28 million kits to local authorities by the end of this month.

China on the other hand has started mass testing on Sunday of the 14 million residents of Tianjin.
The port city discovered 20 new infections recently, of which at least two were Omicron, and authorities there have decided to test all of Tianjin's residents.
The country is pursuing a Zero COVID-19 policy where authorities impose lockdown on cities that have cases of COVID-19, and then enforce PCR tests on all residents.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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