While the world is in a state of emergency due to the spread of Omicron mutations, the United States convened 20 countries to discuss ways to jointly respond to Omicron mutations. In the United States, there have even been warnings that the number of new coronavirus cases could exceed an all-time high due to the influence of omicron mutations.
Correspondent Kim Jong-won from New York.
As the number of omicron mutations soared to the extent that it became the dominant species in the United States within three weeks of the first outbreak, concerns were raised that more new confirmed cases could occur than ever before.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted that the number of new confirmed cases could exceed the previous record as the number of travelers over the holiday season increases amid the spread of Omicron, which has a much faster rate of infection.
So far, the daily average of the highest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is 250,000 in early January.
The CDC warns that Omicron is low in severity, but it can infect many people at once, causing shortages of medical resources, such as hospitals.
Speaking to the public, President Biden once again emphasized vaccination and ordered thorough quarantine, but said there was no need to be overly fearful.
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President Biden has announced that he will increase the number of vaccination stations across the country and will distribute home-based testing kits across the country that can test for the coronavirus at home starting in January next year.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department invited 20 countries around the world, including South Korea, to preside over a video conference to discuss the response to Omicron.