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Coronavirus

Global COVID cases at record high as omicron spreads

Almost 900,000 cases were detected daily on average between Dec. 22 and 28

Customers line up at a private COVID-19 testing clinic in a busy shopping area in London, England.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/ROME (Reuters) -- Global COVID-19 infections hit a record high over the past seven-day period, Reuters data showed on Wednesday, as the new Omicron variant raced out of control, keeping workers at home and overwhelming testing centres.

Almost 900,000 cases were detected on average each day around the world between Dec. 22 and 28, with myriad countries posting new all-time highs over the past 24 hours, including the United States, Australia and many in Europe.

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