The US and France have reported their highest daily rises in new Covid cases since the pandemic began, as the Omicron variant continues to spread.
According to the US Centres for Disease and Prevention (CDC) the country reported more than 440,000 new infections on Monday.
However, officials said the numbers could be an “overestimate” due to reporting delays over Christmas.
France meanwhile reported Europe’s highest ever number of new daily cases
It saw 179,807 infections on Tuesday, with French health minister Olivier Véran earlier warning that “everything suggests” France could see as many as 250,000 daily cases by the start of January.
Italy, Greece, Portugal and England all also reported record rises on Tuesday.