Corona .. About half a million daily injuries in the United States, and Omicron pushes to tighten restrictions
Yesterday, Thursday, the United States approached the threshold of half a million daily infections with the Corona virus, against the background of the rapid spread of the “Omicron” mutate, while the number of infections in France exceeded for the second day in a row the threshold of 200 thousand, amid several countries imposing measures and restrictions on New Year celebrations. .
And the American health authorities monitored 488,000 cases of the Corona virus during yesterday alone, which is a record number of daily infections, according to what the New York Times reported.
This number is double what was monitored during the past week, when the number of daily infections with the virus ranged between 250 thousand and 265,000.
The data showed that during the last week, the United States exceeded the record number recorded last January, which amounted to 250 thousand injuries per day at its peak.
Last week, US health officials said Omicron represented 2.9% of all cases recorded as of December 11, but they later changed that number to 12.6%.
In a related context, the US State Department advised its citizens who plan to travel abroad to develop contingency plans, given the possibility of them having to stay in a foreign country for a longer period than they planned.
The department said Americans abroad should be aware that they may encounter unexpected challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic as they attempt to return or attempt to travel from one country to another.
And the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, had warned of the spread of infection during New Year’s Eve celebrations on a large scale.
In France, yesterday, health authorities recorded more than 200,000 cases of coronavirus within 24 hours, for the second day in a row.
The figures indicate that 206,243 cases of coronavirus have been detected as of Thursday evening.
On Wednesday, Health Minister Olivier Veran warned of what he called a “tsunami” of injuries when announcing the registration of 208,999 cases of corona, and he also warned that the number of injuries may exceed a quarter of a million per day by the new year.
Yesterday, Corona injuries in this country crossed the 200,000 mark for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Outbreak and procedures
The European continent is witnessing a fierce fifth outbreak of the Corona pandemic, following the discovery of the new, fast-spreading mutant “Omicron” last November.
For its part, the French authorities have taken additional measures to limit the spread of the Corona virus during the New Year celebrations.
It included obligating citizens to put masks on the streets, starting today, Friday, and setting new protocols for cafes, restaurants and public places, as well as canceling a large number of celebrations.
And in neighboring Italy, health authorities recorded more than 100,000 new infections with the Corona virus in one day.
On Thursday evening, the Ministry of Health announced 127,000 cases of coronavirus. According to the report, nearly 160 people died of the virus in the past 24 hours.
Italy thus sets again a record high, after recording about 98,000 new cases of corona in the previous day.
On Wednesday evening, the government agreed to take further measures to combat the Corona virus to stop the continuing spread of the virus.
Injuries and warnings
In the United Kingdom, the number of patients infected with the Corona virus in hospitals for treatment increased during the Christmas week, according to new figures that also show that this country recorded another record number of daily infections.
And the British “PA Media” agency stated that government data showed that there were 11,898 patients with Covid-19 in UK hospitals as of 8 am on December 29, an increase of 44% compared to the previous week, the highest number since the second of the second last March.
The number of hospital patients in England alone has risen to the highest level since last February.
The government said that 189,213 confirmed cases of infection were recorded in the United Kingdom on Thursday, which is a new record for cases recorded daily.
In Australia, experts urged caution before the long weekend of the New Year, at a time when the state of New South Wales today recorded more than 21,000 new infections with the Corona virus within 24 hours, setting a new record.
A Reuters statistic showed that more than 284 million and 590 thousand people were infected with the virus, since the beginning of the disease in China, while the total number of deaths resulting from it reached more than 5 million and 775 thousand.