Alarm has meant the World Health Organization (WHO) for tvery rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Europe, which he likened to “storm”. THE Joe Biden, in a televised speech, described the Covid-19 vaccination as a “patriotic duty” of all Americans, while the new mutant strain of coronavirus now dominates in the USA, as it is responsible for 73% of new cases. In the Israel, all citizens over the age of 60, but also doctors and nurses, will have the right to do and fourth dose of the vaccine.
In the Old Continent, countries are looking at the possibility of taking further action for pandemic, due to its dispersion Omicron variant. Her area Of Europe is the one that records them today more deaths from coronavirus, followed by the belt USA and Canada.
The executive «Ομικρον becomes, or has already done, the dominant in many countries, including the Denmark, της Portugal and his United Kingdom“where the numbers double every one and a half to three days, causing unprecedented transmission rates,” he said. Dr. Hans Kluge, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe.
In Britain, the new mutated strain of the coronavirus has cost the lives of 14 people, while 129 patients are being treated with Omicron variant.
The British Undersecretary of Health Gillian Keegan told Sky News that the British government will not hesitate to implement further restrictions due to Covid-19, if the data show that it is necessary.
THE France, where 20% of coronavirus cases are of the Omicron variant, does not exclude to apply further restrictive measures in case of “very strong recovery of the epidemic”.
THE Spain recorded on Tuesday national record 49,823 new coronavirus cases in a 24 hour period, almost half of which belong to the variant strain Omicron, according to the Ministry of Health. The previous record set in the country was in mid-January 2021 and amounted to almost 40,000 new cases in a 24 hour period.
In Germany, sports events will be held behind closed doors no later than December 28 to stop the epidemic, as announced by the German Chancellor Olaf Solts. In the face of the threat of Omicron, contacts, even between vaccinated, will be limited to a maximum of 10 guests for its celebration New Year.
THE Sweden will take effect one series of measures, from teleworking to an extended use of vaccine pass, to deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases, as announced by the government.
In Finland, τα bar will stop serving alcohol at 9pm and will close at 22:00 the Christmas Eve, the Finnish government announced today. More than 23,000 new coronavirus cases were recorded on last two weeks, an absolute record in this country of 5.5 million inhabitants.
In Japan, the fast food chain MacDonald’s announced that for a week, until December 30, its stores in the country will sell only small portions of french fries due to “supply delays” associated with the pandemic and floods in Canada.
The pandemic has killed at least 5.35 million people since the WHO office in China announced the appearance of COVID-19 at the end of December 2019, according to a report released by the French Agency.
In absolute numbers, the countries that have recorded the most deaths from January 2020 are the USA (809,958), h Brazil (617,948), h India (478.007) and h Russia (299,249). In relation to the population, the countries in which the epidemic has caused greater damage is Peru, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hungary.
The WHO estimates, given the high mortality rate directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19, that the pandemic rate may be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.
Sources: ERT, Reuters, French Agency, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ