- Omicron, assigned as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- WHO has triggered a new wave of Covid-19 in South Africa, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and several other countries.
Countries worldwide are experiencing a new surge in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases caused by the highly mutated Omicron variant, which was discovered in South Africa last month, prompting governments to reimpose stricter controls scramble to increase testing and vaccinations.
According to Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergency director, there is currently no evidence that Omicron, despite being highly infectious, causes a more severe disease than previous Covid-19 variants such as Delta. According to Ryan, existing vaccines should protect people who contract Omicron from the disease’s worst outcomes.
Here is a breakdown of the situation in the world’s worst-affected countries:
For the first time in the pandemic, the European nation recorded more than 100,000 virus infections in a single day on Sunday, according to the news agency AP, citing health officials.
Over the last week, more than 1,000 people infected with the virus died in France, bringing the country’s total death toll to more than 122,000.
According to the regional health service, more than one in every 100 people in the Paris region tested positive in the last week. As a result, covid-19 hospitalizations have also more than doubled in the previous month.
Britain has recorded more than 100,000 cases of Omicron in a single day as the virus sweeps the country. On Friday, the number of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom reached a new high of 122,186, up from 119,789. Another 137 fatalities have been confirmed.
The Omicron threat was highlighted by data released by the Office for National Statistics, which estimated that 1.7 million people in the United Kingdom had Covid-19 in the week ending December 19, the highest number since comparable figures were first recorded in autumn 2020.
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