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US, France both hit new daily records for COVID cases

Police assist as a large crowd attempts to receive COVID-19 testing kits from city workers distributing the kits along Flatbush Avenue on December 24, 2021 in Brooklyn. (SPENCER PLATT / Getty Images via AFP)
Police assist as a large crowd attempts to receive COVID-19 testing kits from city workers distributing the kits along Flatbush Avenue on December 24, 2021 in Brooklyn. (SPENCER PLATT / Getty Images via AFP)

The United States records its highest-ever seven-day average of new COVID cases, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

The moving average of new cases was 265,427 as of yesterday, surpassing the previous peak of 251,989 set in mid-January 2021, the tracker showed.

France records more than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, a new daily record, Health Minister Olivier Veran says as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread.

Veran tells a parliamentary hearing that 208,000 positive cases had been recorded, up from 179,807 cases reported yesterday.

“I wouldn’t call Omicron a wave anymore, I would call it a groundswell,” Veran says. “Given the numbers we have been seeing these past few days, we’re talking about a landslide.”

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