Global COVID cases have surpassed 400 million two years into the global pandemic. A Reuters tally notes that the highly contagious Omicron variant is now the dominant strain. Health systems in several countries have been pushed to the brink trying to cope with the Omicron onslaught. Omicron accounts for almost all new cases reported daily. Cases are leveling off in many countries but more than 2 million cases a day are still being reported on average. Global deaths have increased by 70% in the last five weeks.
- Two years into the global pandemic and COVID numbers have reached 400 million.
- Studies indicate that Omicron is a milder but more contagious variant compared to Delta.
- The US, France, Germany, Russia, and Brazil report the most cases on a weekly average.
- Countries in Europe have been loosening restrictions despite continuously high COVID cases.
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