Most countries continue to report a full spread of cases during the Christmas period omicron variant, Which will leave a record number of infections, which is the same as Spanish decision, Has not released updated data at the state level since Friday 24th.
Specifically, according to the registrations performed, 143 countries provided infection indicators on Christmas Day and Saturday 25th, including Yemen and Congo. Worldometer portalIn addition, on Christmas Eve, as many as 164 states released their data.
However, unlike some autonomous regions, the Spanish Ministry of Health has not provided information on weekends and holidays since July 2020. Only the evolution of the infection will be updated from Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, and the diagnosis of days without data will be calculated in the update of the next working day.
Health maintained the same policy at Christmas, despite The powerful influence of omicron variants, This has triggered a global morbidity rate, followed by new restrictions, flight cancellations and Record infection levels During the holidays.
According to the data World plan, France On the 25th, it reported 104,611 new cases, ranking first in the number of infected people in the world.In this way, he broke the symbolic threshold of 100,000 cases per day, afraid The country is paralyzed due to the expected increase in sick leave.
Scientific experts advising the French government call for postponement of returning to school
It is under these circumstances that the French Council of Ministers plans to propose new rules to stop the spread of the virus and thus avoid the “disintegration” of the country predicted by the scientific committee that advises the government, which was published by a group of health workers. A controversial letter on Sunday.
In her, They asked for postponement of returning to school, Is scheduled for January 3, 2022, until the incidence rate drops to a level considered safe (currently there are approximately 650 cases per 100,000 residents (far from the 200 cases considered safe). SpainAccording to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health, As of December 23, a total of 911.31 occurred The number of cases per 100,000 residents and 72,912 new infections.
also, we (United States) and UK On Christmas Eve, the number of infections ranked first, with 207,715 and 122,186 new infections reported respectively, surpassing the 94,124 reported in France.
Log events and restrictions
Other countries have followed the same path and continue to reach record morbidity rates. Denmark According to data from the Danish Infectious Disease Reference Center Statens Serum Institut (SSI), the number of Covid cases registered this Sunday was the highest, with 14,844 new infections in the past 24 hours.
Since the omicron variant is the main variant in the Nordic countries, which has 5.8 million inhabitants, the number of infections has soared. On December 21, 13,558 infections were detected within 24 hours, setting a record.
According to SSI data, the cumulative incidence rate for the 7 days this Sunday was 1,304.2 per 100,000 residents; the number of hospitalizations rose to 579, although it was much higher than the peak of 964 in January this year.
on the other hand, Belgium New sanitation restrictions were released this Sunday, including closing cinemas, theaters and concert halls, and emptying the stands of stadiums, which put the cultural department in a difficult situation.
Although Belgium has a cumulative incidence of 1,094 points, which means that the weekly infection rate has dropped by 36%, supplementary measures have been taken.
Thousands of flights cancelled
The omicron variant also attacked the staff of large airlines and caused Cancel more than 5,000 flights worldwide During Christmas Eve and Christmas, millions of people travel to reunite with their families.
More than a quarter of the flights cancelled on these dates are destinations or departures AmericaAfter the overwhelming progress of the omicron variant, Covid-19 cases increased by 50% last week.
Christmas Eve is one of the busiest days of the year, but it started with the suspension of hundreds of itineraries; but the situation deteriorated over time. During Christmas, major US airlines such as Delta Air Lines and United Airlines Announced the cancellation of more flights.
National restrictions on international passengers have also been tightened.For example, visiting foreigners Czech Republic Starting this Monday, they will have to submit the most recent PCR test unless they have already received a booster dose for Covid-19.
Czech citizens living in the country and persons under 18 years of age are exempt from this obligation, which aims to limit the expansion of omicron variants, and it is sufficient if they have a complete immunization program.
For its part, Germany This Saturday, Spain, Portugal and the United States have been listed as high-risk areas for Covid, and restrictions on passengers entering from these countries have been tightened as a measure to avoid imported cases after the number of infections has decreased moderately in recent days.
The German government announced on Thursday that in addition to Finland, Monaco and Cyprus, these three countries are included in the list of high-risk countries. The list considers a 10-day quarantine period and can shorten the quarantine time by performing a negative test after 5 days. A few days after arriving in Germany. For people under 6 years of age, the quarantine will end 5 days after entering Germany and no test is required.
Questions about Christmas data
In addition, in the German country, as new Covid infections continue to decrease, there are still doubts about whether the current data is realistic, because Christmas delayed sample analysis And data logging.
According to data from the Robert Koch Institute of Virology (RKI), the cumulative incidence rate for seven days this Sunday dropped to 220.7 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, 242.9 on Christmas Day, and 315.4 a week ago.
In the past 24 hours, the Health Office has notified RKI of 10,100 new infections and 88 deaths from Covid. A week ago, they registered 29,348 and 180 cases, respectively.
exist Italy Compared with the previous day, the number of infections registered this Sunday has also decreased due to fewer tests. The country reported 24,883 new infections, up from 54,762 the previous day.
However, according to data from the Ministry of Health, Italy has only performed 217,052 diagnostic tests in the past 24 hours, compared with 969,752 the day before.