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New infections surge worldwide



THE OMICRON variant is pushing the number of new coronavirus cases worldwide, but deaths have declined (Shutterstock).

In keeping with the finding that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus would spread more easily than earlier versions of COVID-19 but be less dangerous and deadly, new confirmed cases increased strongly across the world, but deaths have decreased.

According to United Press International, reported infections rose by 58 percent over the last week, exceeding the previous week’s figure of 13 percent. However, fatalities declined by 7 percent over the same period.

Increases were the most marked in Greece (329 percent), Argentina (237 percent), Australia (202 percent) and Israel (197) percent. While increases were not as sharp in the U.S., America still leads the world in total cases (55.8 million) and deaths (847,000).

No symptoms? Perhaps a test


The possibility of requiring a negative test for those people who caught the coronavirus but don’t show symptoms was raised Sunday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on the contagious disease, said Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering adding a test along with a five-day isolation period.

The proposed test requirement, according to The New York Times, surfaced in response to “pushback” to the shortening of isolation restrictions from 10 to five days for people who were infected with the virus but who were not feverish or showing other symptoms.

Sports: Rams and Chargers post wins

Both Los Angeles-area pro football teams posted key wins on Sunday affecting their post-season status.

The Rams trailed nearly the entire game before pulling out a late 20-19 win over the Ravens in Baltimore to improve their record to 12-4 with one game to play.

Matthew Stafford passed for 309 yards. He threw two interceptions, but also for two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Odell Beckham, Jr. with 3:33 to play.

With Arizona’s 25-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Rams remain atop the NFC West, but still haven’t clinched the division title, with the Cards (11-5) a game back. The Rams have now won five straight games.

The Chargers (9-7) enhanced their playoff prospects with a 34-13 win over the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium. Justin Herbert passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns, distributing the ball to eight receivers. Austin Ekeler ran for 58 yards and scored a touchdown. Andre Roberts had a 101-yard kickoff return for a score.

Next week the Rams close out at home hosting the San Francisco 49ers while the Chargers will be in Las Vegas against the Raiders.

Weather: Sunny days, and chilly nights

This first week of 2022 in West Orange County will have a fair amount of sun, but it will continue to be quite chilly – at least by Southern California standards – after dark. The forecast for Monday is for a daytime high of 62 with sunny skies and an overnight low of 41. On Tuesday it’ll be mostly sunny with a daytime high of 60 (44 overnight). Wednesday will be a bit warmer at 65(47) with sunny skies.

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