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California reports more than 7 million COVID-19 cases

Students return to campus at Olive Vista Middle School on the first day back following the winter break amid a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases across Los Angeles County on January 11, 2022 in Sylmar, California.  FREDERIC J. BROWN/ Getty

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  • The rapid spike in cases demonstrates the transmissibility of the omicron variant.
  • “Let’s not fool ourselves by not recognizing the danger presented by the Omicron variant, which is capable of spreading with lightning speed and causing serious illness among our most vulnerable residents,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

California has surpassed 7 million COVID-19 cases with the state reporting 1 million new cases in just one week, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

The news outlet tabulated the staggering number about a week after the state hit 6 million positive COVID-19 infections.  

According to The New York Times COVID-19 tracker, California has had more than 7.3 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began in 2020.  


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New cases are mostly stemming from COVID-19’s aggressive new omicron variant, which has caused a massive uptick in new cases across the country. Omicron is believed to be four times as infections as the delta variant, which was twice as transmissible as the original COVID-19 strain, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center.  

“Let’s not fool ourselves by not recognizing the danger presented by the Omicron variant, which is capable of spreading with lightning speed and causing serious illness among our most vulnerable residents,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said, the LA Times reported.  

It took three weeks for new cases in the state to push the total number of COVID-19 infections from two to three million.  


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