California 1st state to top 5M cases amid omicron surge

Virus Outbreak California
Posted at 2:27 PM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 17:27:43-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to record more than 5 million known coronavirus infections.

The state dashboard reported the numbers Tuesday, which were delayed because of the holiday weekend.

The grim milestone, as reported by the California Department of Public Health, wasn’t entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents poised for a surge in new infections amid holiday parties and family gatherings forced indoors by a series of winter storms.

California’s caseload is ahead of other large states.

Texas had more than 4.4 million and Florida topped 3.9 million as of Sunday.

The state has recorded more than 75,500 deaths related to COVID-19.