The stem Ομικρον is expected due to its fivefold transmissibility from Delta to dominate America and Europe in the coming weeks and even days. In the last 24 hours alone, Britain has registered more than 93,000 new infections, while the number of European countries taking additional measures is increasing.
New measures in view of the holidays were announced by the French Prime Minister as it is estimated that the new variant will be dominant in the country in mid-January. France bans large gatherings on New Year’s Eve and there will be no fireworks display to avoid overcrowding. He also asks for a test for those who will go to a party even if they have vaccinated. Rate of 7% to 10% of new cases of infection by COVID-19, are suspected of transmitting the Omicron variant, according to Health Minister Olivier Veran. 38% of COVID-19 deaths in the previous month involved people who had not been vaccinated
The governments of Denmark, the Netherlands and Ireland are on high alert further restricting the operation of cultural and entertainment centers, in some cases even closing businesses. To tackle the fifth pandemic, European Union and United States health authorities recommend strengthening vaccinations and adhering to safeguards.
Germany reported 42,813 new cases of COVID-19, with a total of 6,764,188 cases, according to the Robert Koch Institute. 414 new deaths were also reported, with the total number of deaths reaching 108,053.
Japan will extend a ban on foreign nationals entering the country after the end of the year to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant, the Yomiuri newspaper reported today, citing unnamed government sources. Tokyo decided to reverse the easing of screening late last month as cases of the Omicron variant spread around the world. Japan is pursuing one of the toughest restrictive border control policies in the world.
India reported 7,145 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, with the total number of infections reaching 34,733,194, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Social Policy.
Sources: ERT, A ‘Program, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, Reuters, Sputnik