Omicron outbreak in UK records 98,515 cases, 143 deaths in past 24 hours

After the emergence of the new strain, the UK has been reporting the highest single-day COVID-19 infections in the world for many days. The Omicron variety is spreading throughout the country at an ever-increasing rate. In response to the increased number of cases, the UK's National Health Service has announced that all adults are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster dosage.

According to the NHS, the booster helps provide longer-term protection against becoming very sick from COVID-19. Meanwhile, the government of the United Kingdom is advising residents to be vaccinated. "We know two vaccinations aren't enough protection against Omicron," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet on Monday. "Whether it's your first, second, or booster jab, I encourage you to arrange an appointment soon."

"Most importantly, I advise everyone to get their first, second, or booster vaccination without delay to protect oneself and your loved ones," Johnson said, pointing to the increased incidence of Omicron cases.

France has implemented additional anti-virus measures in response to an increase in the number of infections.
The French government announced new COVID-19 measures on Monday in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, but stopped short of imposing severe restrictions before New Year's Eve.

Large gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outside starting next week. French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that people would be asked to sit down during concerts and that consumers will not be permitted to stand up in bars.

Eating and drinking will also be prohibited in cinemas, theatres, sports facilities, and public transportation, including long-distance routes. Employees whose jobs allow it will be required to work from home at least three days each week, and the new restrictions will be in effect for at least three weeks.

For the first time in the pandemic, the French government took this measure after the nation registered more than 100,000 viral infections in a single day.

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