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World records record Covid cases as WHO issues Omicron warning

The world has destroyed a record number of Covid infections in a week as WHO warned that Omicron poses a “very high” risk and can still overwhelm the healthcare system.
The highly contagious variants set new records in the United States, France and Denmark yesterday. According to AFP aggregates, registered infections increased 37% worldwide from December 22nd to 28th to 6.55 million compared to the previous 7 days.
They are the highest numbers since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March 2020, and tens of millions of people facing the second consecutive year of restrictions that weaken the celebration of New Year’s Eve are intensified by Omicron infection. Emphasizes the pace.
The worst surges in Europe today are imposing restrictions designed to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed and keeping the economy and society open two years after the virus first appeared in late 2019. It forces the government to walk a tightrope between needs.
According to a tracker managed by Johns Hopkins University, Omicron already has an overwhelming hospital in the United States, with an average of 265,427 new cases over a seven-day record. Harvard epidemiologist and immunologist Michael Mina said the actual number of cases could be much higher due to the lack of testing, which is likely to be “the tip of the iceberg.” I tweeted.
France has set more than 200,000 new daily records. This is more than double the number recorded on Christmas day and has extended the nightclub closure until January.
Denmark, which currently has the highest per capita infection rate in the world, has set a new record of 23,228 new infections. This is partly due to the numerous tests performed after the Christmas celebration.
Studies show that Omicron, which is currently the predominant strain in some countries, has a lower risk of hospitalization, but the World Health Organization is still cautioning.
“The overall risk associated with the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,” said the United Nations Health Agency.
“Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant, with a doubling time of 2-3 days.”
More than 5.4 million people worldwide died from Covid-19, with an average of 6,450 daily deaths last week, the lowest since October 2020.
In Europe, where more than 3.5 million incidents have been recorded in the last seven days, Greece has banned music in bars and restaurants until January 16, including New Year’s Eve.
French lawmakers were to begin discussions on a new law that would allow only vaccinated people to enter restaurants, cinemas, museums and other public places.
Germany has already forced sports competitions in closed rooms, closed nightclubs and restricted personal gatherings to 10 vaccinated or 2 unvaccinated households.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his decision not to limit the festival, saying that about 90% of patients with coronavirus in the intensive care unit did not have a booster jab.
Despite the new closures in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the high uptake of boosters in England “we can carefully welcome the New Year,” he said.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707122/World-hits-record-Covid-cases-as-WHO-sounds-Omicro World records record Covid cases as WHO issues Omicron warning

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