The World Health Organization (WHO) describes the increase in infection as a global “tsunami”.
This was stated by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press briefing on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Delta and Omicron are now double threats driving record numbers, leading to peak hospitalizations and deaths, he told Tedros and stressed:
– I am very concerned that Omicron, which is highly contagious and spreads at the same time as Delta, is causing a tsunami of cases.
New Year’s Eve marks the second anniversary of China’s notification to the World Health Organization of 27 cases of “viral pneumonia” of unknown origin in Wuhan.
Since then, more than 281 million people have been reported to have contracted the virus globally. According to a Reuters report, more than 5 million people have died as a result of the Covid-19 virus.
New daily log
During Wednesday’s press conference, the WHO Secretary-General reiterated his call for more equitable sharing of vaccines between countries. He also warned that the focus on boosters in rich countries could lead to poor countries not having vaccines at all.
Moreover, Tedros emphasized that the WHO is taking action to ensure that every country reaches the target of 70 percent vaccine coverage by mid-2022 – which in this case will help end the acute phase of the epidemic.
The demand for corona tests is now rising in countries such as England and Spain.
I am USA Both Delta and Omicron variant are sweeping across the country, writes New York times. So far, the number of hospitalizations and deaths has been lower than during previous peak periods in the United States, but the superpower kicked off on Tuesday, December 28. New daily record of infection rates.
The United States has reported more than 1.9 million new cases this week, according to ABC News. That means about three Americans test positive for COVID-19 every second.
In Europe, too, infection rates are rising dramatically.
The United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Greece and Italy all set record numbers of new daily cases during Christmas week. In these countries, too, health authorities believe oomicron is the cause of the infection.
There is several evidence that the omicron variant leads to milder symptoms than previous viral variants; Vaccines, booster shots, and previous coronary infections offer more protection than the population had at the start of the epidemic. However, the consequences of high infection rates are tragic when people do not get a test kit and companies suffer severe illness and the absence of quarantine among employees.
In England and Northern Ireland There were no agreements available on Wednesday, December 29 to book a PCR test online. At the same time, rapid tests began to run out of pharmacies.
The number of Covid-19 patients in English hospitals has exceeded 10,000, which is the highest level since March. Wednesday was another record-high day in the UK with 183,037 cases recorded in the past 24 hours.
Highest daily record in Europe
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked people to get tested, keep New Year’s celebrations “at a reasonable level” and take a third dose of the vaccine.
So far, 33 million people in the UK have received a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. According to the prime minister, the vast majority of those receiving intensive treatment for coronavirus lack a third dose.
Also I Norway Lack of vaccination prevails among covid-19 inpatients The patients. Of the 175 new patients admitted to Norwegian hospitals last week with coronavirus as the main cause, 59 per cent were not vaccinated and 38 per cent were fully vaccinated.
France It set a new daily record with 208,000 injured on Wednesday. It is the highest in any European country since the onset of the epidemic.
“This means that 24 hours a day, day and night, every second across the country, two French people are diagnosed with corona,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran told Reuters.
Mediterranean countries are struggling
Spain It doesn’t get much better: With 100,000 cases a day, the infection-tracing business in the Mediterranean country has blown up. People line up outside hospitals for checkups so they can get approved sick leave.
Portugal Also struggling. Despite the fact that the country has one of the most successful vaccination programs in the world, which has reduced the incidence of delta disease, the numbers are now increasing again. So Health Minister Marta Temido warned that infection rates could double every eight days.
Self Holland – which two weeks ago was the only country in Europe to impose a new national lockdown – is experiencing the Omicron crisis. The virus variant was behind more than half of infections last week, thus taking the platform as the most dominant type of virus.
Italy’s new nightmare
Italia A new infection was reported on Wednesday. 98,030 cases of corona were recorded in one day, an increase of 25 percent over the previous day.
The Italian government will meet on Wednesday evening to discuss a possible reduction in the quarantine period for vaccinated people. With the rapid increase in infections, more than two million people are expected to be quarantined soon after close contact with infected people.
In the northern Italian region of Lombardy, where Milan is located, a shortage of staff has led to the cancellation of a hundred train journeys on a local train line. The region is responsible for a third of all new cases.
According to the authorities, 71 percent of those hospitalized with covid-19 are not immune. During the past 24 hours, hospitals received about 500 new patients with corona, while intensive care units received 126 new patients with corona for their care. The number of deaths related to corona increased by 136.
More than a million people have had the coronavirus tested in the past 24 hours, creating long queues at vaccine centers.
In the coming days, the soldiers will help conduct tests in the cities of Codogno and Lodi in Lombardy, which are now considered red zones due to the high spread of infection.
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