800,000 confirmed cases per day in the US… “The prisoners are released early.”


In the United States, the unexpected is happening, with 800,000 people infected every day. In addition to the early release of prisoners, an increasing number of schools are suspending face-to-face classes due to a shortage of teachers.

Correspondent Yunsu Kim from Washington.

The Department of Corrections in Sacramento County, California, held an emergency press conference.

Announced early release of 203 prisoners.

This is an emergency measure following the pouring of dozens of COVID-19 patients at each new accommodation facility in the past week.

[로드 그래스만/미 새크라멘토 카운티 보안관 : (조기 석방 결정은) 보안관실에서 대단히 하기 어려운 일입니다. 교정시설 내에서 확진자들을 격리할 공간을 만들기 위한 결정입니다.]

Schools are also shutting down in an Omicron storm.

More than 2,000 schools in the U.S. have suspended face-to-face classes due to a shortage of teachers.

The average number of new confirmed cases per day has exceeded 800,000, and the number of inpatients, which is recording an all-time high every day, is approaching 160,000, pushing the hospital to its limit.

1,300 military medical personnel and 14,000 National Guard personnel were also dispatched to hospitals.

[트레이시 닉슨/미 유타대병원 수간호사 : 더 이상 환자들을 돌볼 수 없는 지경이 됐습니다. 간호사 3명이 이런 걸 또 할 수는 없다면서 떠났습니다. 그들은 상황이 다시 최악으로 돌아가고 있다고 느끼고 있어요.]

Fortunately, the number of confirmed cases has begun to show signs of stagnant in the seven northeastern states, including New York, where the spread of Omicron started first.

However, health experts pointed out that with insufficient testing and the number of self-diagnosed cases not being included in the statistics, we will have to wait a few more weeks to determine whether Omicron has actually returned to a stagnant trend.

(Video coverage: Jeong-sik Oh, video editing: Ho-jin Kim)


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