Omicron pushes U.S. COVID hospitalizations toward record high

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By Susan Heavey and Maria Caspani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States are poised to hit a new high as early as Friday, according to a Reuters tally, surpassing the record set in January of last year as the highly contagious Omicron variant fuels a surge in infections. Hospitalizations have increased steadily since late December as Omicron quickly overtook Delta as the dominant coronavirus variant in the United States, although experts say Omicron will likely prove less deadly than prior iterations. While potentially less severe, health officials have warned th…

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