Corona .. the pandemic turns into a political issue in France, and pressure on hospitals is reaching its peak in Australia

The new Corona virus (Covid-19) continues to spread rapidly, especially with the outbreak of the highly contagious mutant Omicron, which led to record numbers, and at a time when the pandemic has become a political issue in France, the pressure on hospitals in Australia has reached its peak.

The latest figures – according to the World Meter website, which specializes in monitoring the latest developments in the epidemic – indicate that the number of infected people today, Thursday, at 9:30 local time, reached 298 million and 348 thousand and 66 injured, while the number of deaths reached 5 million and 482 thousand and 792 injured.

Nearly two years after China discovered the first outbreak of “viral pneumonia” in the city of Wuhan, the highly mutated virus is still causing panic in many regions of the world.

France records an increase in the number of injuries (Reuters)

political issue

In France, the Corona pandemic has become a political issue, at a time when the country recorded a record number of daily infections with the Corona virus, the highest in Europe.

The authorities are trying to contain the outbreak of the Omicron mutant after the country recorded 332,252 new infections, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said – 4 months before the elections – that his government’s vaccination strategy aims to harass those who did not receive the Corona virus vaccine.

Macron’s political opponents used his comments to highlight Macron’s arrogance in the eyes of voters.

Today, Thursday, the French Parliament approved new legislation that allows those who receive full vaccine doses only to go to restaurants, visit museums, attend parties, and even ride on trains and planes, and the bill must have the approval of the Senate before it becomes effective.

Prime Minister Jan Casteks said he expected the legislation to enter into force on January 15.

The legislation could be life-saving for those who oppose a vaccine, and which Macron’s opponents such as Marine Le Pen are trying to lure.

People wait outside a COVID-19 testing centre, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in ManchesterA center for testing “Covid-19” in Britain (Reuters)

numbers and increase

In Britain, health authorities recorded 195,235 new infections with the Corona virus during the past 24 hours, and the country recorded 344 new deaths, according to data from the American Johns Hopkins University today, Thursday.

In Germany, the German “Robert Koch” Institute announced this morning a new increase in the weekly infection rate of the emerging corona virus.

It is noteworthy that this rate has been increasing almost daily since the end of last December, and the institute still assumes that there is a decline in the rate of registration of cases and conducting tests to detect the virus due to holidays.

In Greece, the Greek government announced the provision of 270,000 additional centers to obtain the anti-Coronavirus vaccine, which will be available during the next ten days to vaccinate people aged 12 years and over.

And the Greek Ministry of the Interior had asked public sector officials to formulate plans to take action in the event that the situation related to the Corona virus in the country gets out of control, and vital services are deprived of indispensable employees, in light of the rise in daily rates of HIV infections to a new level the day before yesterday, Tuesday, due to mutant omicron.

Queensland Premier Encourages Testing As COVID-19 Cluster GrowsThe number of injuries increased in Australia (Getty Images)

tally and pressure

In Australia, the authorities recorded 72,508 new infections with the Corona virus during the past 24 hours, in a new record number for the fourth consecutive day, bringing the total number of infected people in the country since the outbreak of the epidemic to 684,614 cases.

The authorities confirmed that the pressure on hospitals had reached its peak due to the record numbers of injuries.

On the Arab level, the Algerian government is scheduled to announce measures to confront Corona, which may include tightening restrictions and applying the imposition of the health passport.

In Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Health announced this morning, Thursday, 16,115 new injuries, the day after a record toll was also recorded.

And the Israeli news website Ynet stated that 134 patients with corona in serious condition are currently receiving treatment in hospitals, compared to 91 cases last week, with an increase of 47% within 7 days.

In light of the widening outbreak of the Omicron mutant, Israel this week began giving a fourth dose of Corona vaccines to those over the age of 60, as well as to medical workers.

Although some studies indicate that the Omicron mutant causes less death than the previous mutant, the increase in infections means that hospitals in some countries will not bear the number of patients, and companies may face difficulties in continuing to work with the increase in the number of workers placed under quarantine.

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