The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United States surged to the highest level in about 11 months.

Forbes citing data from Johns Hopkins University, reported that the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths hit 2,188 on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, up 23% from a week earlier. 

That figure marked the highest deaths recorded by Johns Hopkins University since Feb. 17, 2021. At that time, about 14% of American people had gotten at least one vaccination, and 6% had been fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, the seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 infections stood at 663,908 on Sunday, more than double the highest figure recorded during the early 2021 surge.

According to the CDC data, the latest average number of deaths also surpassed the Delta variant-fueled surge late last year when the seven-day moving average peaked at 1,924 lives on Sept. 15.

However, this wave of infections is driven by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Omicron has become the most contagious variant and made up the vast majority of new infections in the United States. However, according to the studies, this new variant is less deadly than previous strains.

According to Forbes, intensive care units (ICUs) have been under pressure due to the rising cases, with over 77% of the nation’s hospital beds occupied on Tuesday, one-fifth of which was used by COVID-19 patients.

Two-thirds (76%) of the U.S. population has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. More than 63% of American people have had two doses, and one of every four Americans has received a booster.

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