Cases of Covid-19 break records as Omicron spreads across the World

Countries around the world are experiencing a new wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases caused by the highly mutated Omicron variant, which was found in South Africa last month, leading governments to reimpose tougher restrictions and rush to increase testing and vaccinations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated Omicron as a 'variant of concern,' resulting in a fresh wave of Covid-19 in South Africa, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and other countries.

According to Michael Ryan, the WHO's director of emergencies, there is presently no evidence that Omicron, although being extremely contagious, produces a more severe disease than prior Covid-19 variants such as Delta.

Here are is what the situation is like in the world's worst-hit countries:

France

For the first time in the pandemic, the European nation registered more than 100,000 virus infections in a single day on Sunday, according to news agency AP, citing health officials.

Almost 1,000 people have died in France as a result of the virus in the last week, increasing the country's total death toll to over 122,000.

According to the regional health authority, more than one in every 100 persons in the Paris region has tested positive in the last week. Hospital visits for Covid-19 have also risen in the last month.
 

UK

As Omicron spreads across the country, the UK has seen over 100,000 cases in a single day. On Friday, the number of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom reached a new high of 122,186, up from 119,789. A total of 137 deaths have been verified.

The threat posed by Omicron was highlighted by statistics provided by the Office for National Statistics, which indicated that 1.7 million individuals in the UK had Covid-19 in the week ending December 19, the largest number since similar figures were first recorded in autumn 2020.

US

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is increasing, with an average of approximately 190,000 new infections each day over the last seven days.

According to the CDC, Omicron variants account for more than 76 percent of all corona cases in the United States.

"Four-fold increases in Covid-19 hospital admissions for children 18 and under commencing the week of December 5 through the current week," health officials in New York said on Sunday.

Italy

Following three days of record levels of cases, Italy only recorded 24,883 new infections in a 24-hour period on Sunday. The figure was down from 54,762 the previous year.

On Saturday, the Italian health ministry recorded 54,762 new cases. A day earlier, 50,599 cases had arrived. Omicron is responsible for almost a third (28%) of all corona cases, according to the government.

South Africa

According to data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the number of people hospitalised in South Africa for Covid increased to 9,114 on Sunday. In addition, the daily positive rate climbed to 27.2 percent from 25.7 percent the day before.

The coastal Western Cape province, with 28 percent of new cases, was followed by KwaZulu Natal, with 26 percent, both popular destinations for domestic tourists during the current summer holiday season.

India

The national tally of Omicron cases was at 508 as of Monday morning, with Maharashtra reporting 141 cases, the highest in the country.

Delhi comes in second with 79 cases, followed by Kerala with 57, Gujarat with 49, Telangana with 44, Tamil Nadu with 34, Karnataka with 31, Rajasthan with 23, Haryana with 10, Madhya Pradesh with nine, Odisha with eight, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with six each, Chandigarh and J&K with three, UP with two, and Ladakh, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh with one each.

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