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Covid cases skyrocket as Omicron surges in Spain, France and the UK – latest update

Covid-19 infected more than 286 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.4 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

Newly identified Covid cases are putting pressure on Spanish hospitals as the intensive care unit is occupied by Covid-19 patients. (Reuters Archive)

Friday, December 31, 2021

More than 1 in 100 people in Spain are Covid positive

Last week, more than one in 100 Spanish residents was positive for coronavirus, according to health ministry data.

This unprecedented number is due to the fact that about 162,000 people were tested positive each day, breaking the previous record of about 101,000.

Pressure in the hospital continues to rise, with Covid-19 patients now occupying 9% of all beds and 19% of the intensive care unit.

France reports more than 200,000 cases for two consecutive days

France has reported more than 200,000 Covid-19 infections for the second consecutive day, according to data released by public health officials.

The data show that 206,243 cases have been enrolled in the last 24 hours. There were 208,099 infections recorded the day before, which set a new record for the most detected of the day in European countries.

According to authorities, an unprecedented number of daily cases are due to an extraordinary amount of testing performed for Christmas festivals and New Year celebrations.

UK sets another record for Covid case count

The United Kingdom reported a new record of 189,213 cases of Covid-19.

This brings the total number of confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic to over 12.7 million.

Local media reported that the delay in reporting numbers during the festival could have at least slightly increased the total for the day.

US CDC warns against cruising regardless of vaccination status

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns people not to take a cruise, regardless of vaccination status, due to an outbreak on board caused by a variant of Omicron.

The CDC stated that more than 90 cruise ships have been investigated or monitored as a result of the Covid-19 case. Authorities did not disclose the number of infections.

Mexico’s Covid-19 deaths reach 299,285

Mexico has reported 153 confirmed deaths by Covid-19 since the pandemic began at 299,285, resulting in official deaths in the country.

In addition, 8,024 new cases were reported, for a total of 3,969,686 cases.

Mexico has previously stated that real numbers are likely to be quite high.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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