The COVID-19 UK variant, dubbed B117, which studies show is more contagious than the variants currently found in the United States, makes up 45% of Ireland’s new COVID-19 infections. Fourteen days ago, the country posted a seven-day average new confirmed case number of 27.4. It skyrocketed to 132.7 5 days ago, before starting to decline.
Arizona is no stranger to being at the top of the COVID-19 charts. The state has been the top hotspot in the world at least three times now.
The first instance occurred in early July when the country’s sunbelt states experienced a late spring surge. The state again made the top spot-on January 4 and remained there until January 10 when Ireland became the world’s top hotspot. However, the change was short lived as Arizona posted a world record of 134.7 average new confirmed cases per 100,000 people.