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Ómicron triggers global coronavirus cases, which register their highest figures for the entire pandemic



The Covid-19 pandemic has exploded with a record number of cases in the world in the last seven days due to Ómicron, a highly contagious variant that represents a “very high” risk according to the World Health Organization.

With 935,863 new cases per day on average in the last weekAccording to an AFP count taken from official balances, the virus is currently circulating at an unprecedented speed. This figure is significantly higher than the previous record, reached between April 23 and 29, with 817,000 daily cases, and represents an increase of 37% compared to the previous week.

“The global risk related to the new omicron variant remains very high,” warned the WHO in its weekly epidemiological report, noting that its growth requires “a period of two to three days to double.”

The majority of new infections have been accounted for in Europe, where several countries recorded new all-time highs on Tuesday.

In France there were more than 180,000 cases, in the United Kingdom about 130,000, in Spain about 100,000 and in Greece twice as many daily cases as on Monday.

The spike in infections reached Latin America and the Caribbean, where the epidemic appeared to be in decline until recently. Now infections are growing in the region, which accumulates more than 47 million infections and about 1.6 million deaths.

This increase coincides with reports of an increase in the omicron variant in Panama, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba and Ecuador. For example, in Argentina, the cases multiplied by six since the beginning of the month and on Tuesday 33,902 new positives were registered, 10,000 more than the day before.

The countries of the region try to shield themselves with vaccines, but also with restrictions. Brazil canceled New Year celebrations in almost all state capitals, and so did the mayor of Mexico City.

The Omicron variant seems to cause fewer hospitalizations than the delta, dominant until now, according to the first studies, but some experts emphasize that a greater contagion can cancel out the advantage that it is less dangerous.

On Tuesday Catherine Smallwood, a leading WHO specialist in Europe, said the rapid rise in Omicron “will lead to large numbers of hospitalizations, especially among the unvaccinated.” Faced with an accelerating pandemic again, different governments try to find a balance between controlling the spread and containing the economic damage.

Finland banned entry to unvaccinated foreign travelers; Sweden, Denmark and Austria require a negative test from non-residents and vaccination, and France will limit the validity of the “health passport” to vaccinated people. In addition, that country announced the “mandatory” resort to teleworking “whenever possible”, the prohibition of standing concerts and the closure of discos for an additional three weeks.

Germany, for its part,will apply new restrictions such as limiting meetings to ten people between vaccinated and two for non-vaccinated, closing nightclubs and holding closed-door sporting events.

China, suffering a major outbreak 40 days before the Beijing Winter Games, confined tens of thousands more on Tuesday. After Xi’an (north) city was subjected to a strict quarantine for a week, several tens of thousands of residents of a district of Yan’an city, 300 kilometers from Xi’an, were confined to the Tuesday.

Figures not seen before

U.S, which faces a fifth wave of Covid-19 due to the Omicron variant, registered on Tuesday a record average of 265,427 new daily cases since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the same line, France registered a new record of COVID-19 infections this Wednesday, exceeding the threshold of 200,000 daily cases for the first time, according to figures released by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

Too Malta recorded a record number of Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, as the United States added the Mediterranean island to its highest risk category for travel and urged its citizens not to visit it. The health authorities of Denmark They have verified this Wednesday a new record of Covid-19 infections, a total of 23,228 in the last 24 hours, two days after notifying the last peak, more than 16,160.

In Australia, daily new infections soared to nearly 18,300 this Wednesday, surpassing the previous high of the pandemic, recorded the previous day, with 11,300 positives.

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