AFP, Released Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 8:42 p.m.
For the first time in the week of December 23rd to 29th, the epidemic will weigh again in the few hours since the New Year’s celebrations, marking a daily milestone of one million infections worldwide by Govt-19.
On average, 1,045,000 new daily cases were detected during this period, up 46% from the previous week, as established by reports from each country on Thursday, according to AFP figures.
The previous record was 817,000 daily cases between April 23 and 29, 2021.
Faced with this “tsunami” pollution that is putting pressure on health systems, many cities, such as Paris or Athens, have decided to design New Year’s celebrations, in addition to the measures taken in recent days to reduce the circulation of the corona virus. .
And some have canceled planned ceremonies, as have many Brazilian cities, including S மிகப்பெரியo Paulo, the largest city in Latin America.
In France, for the second day in a row Thursday night exceeded the limit of 200,000 new cases, nightclubs closed from December 10 will have their doors closed for the first three weeks of January.
In Paris, the mask will be mandatory again on the streets on Friday in almost the entire Paris region, and drinking establishments will not be open after 2am on January 1st and 2nd.
In Greece, bars and restaurants are required to close at 2am on New Year’s Day, which is an exceptional measure because on other days they close at midnight. Tables at restaurants until January 16 are limited to six people. And music is banned there.
In Spain, celebrations are canceled in most regions, and in the ten most populous cities the nine new year pass bells, “Campanadas”, are not celebrated. Tradition has it that the Spaniards swallowed twelve grapes at the sound of midnight.
Madrid held the minimum ceremony in the famous Puerto del Sol square, with only 7,000 people – masked – in 2019, up from 18,000 in the pre-epidemic period.
In Mexico City, the town hall canceled New Year’s celebrations and banned dancing in public places in Cyprus.
For his part, Pope Francis on Friday abandoned his traditional New Year’s visit to the birth scene in St. Peter’s Square.
In Germany, nightclubs are closed on New Year’s Day, and private meetings with more than a dozen people are banned, even for those who have been vaccinated. For those who have not been vaccinated, the limit is reduced to two members of different eruptions.
But German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has warned that the new restrictions will not be “sufficient” in the face of the Omicron variant.
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More than 85% of current pollution is concentrated in the two regions where Omicron is strongest: Europe (4,022,000 cases in the last seven days) as well as the United States and Canada (2,264,000 cases). Only Asia (268,000 cases, -12%) has seen a decline in infection in the past week.
In Europe, many countries, such as Iceland or Finland, have been breaking pollution records, leading to the suspension of the vaccine pass to access certain cases that are considered inadequate.
In Denmark, there are currently the highest number of new cases in the world in relation to its population, with the limit of 20,000 additional pollutants exceeding Thursday for the second day in a row.
Spain broke its record on Thursday with 161,688 new cases in 24 hours.
With an average of 265,000 daily cases a week, the United States also faces a record of epidemics.
U.S. health officials have recommended avoiding trips, including vaccinations, as cases on ships have risen sharply since Omigron’s arrival.
Two years after the outbreak of an epidemic with more than 5.4 million deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the “tsunami” “exhausting health workers and health systems on the brink of collapse.”
British hospitals will set up temporary structures to open 4,000 extra beds, “on a war footing” against Omicron. In the UK, more than 10,000 people have been hospitalized with covid disease for the first time since early March.
Tensions are high in Italy as well. “We are overwhelmed by the demands for hospitalization (…) The pressure is constant,” AFP director Dr. Marcez of Casalpaloco Hospital in the suburbs of Rome said, adding that it currently receives 111 patients with 120 beds. Including 35 in intensive care. “This situation has been going on for almost a month now. We are full.
So far, the outbreak of the disease has not translated into an increase in the number of deaths, as opposed to three weeks in the world.
China, which recorded an outbreak of the disease within 40 days of the Beijing Winter Olympics, has taken even more drastic measures.
After the city of Xi’an, which had been subjected to isolation for eight days and is now experiencing distribution difficulties, several tens of thousands of people were trapped in a district of Yan’an, 300 kilometers from Xi’an.