More than 7.3 million new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the last seven days, or an average of one million infections per day, an increase of 46 percent compared to the previous week, according to a census conducted by Agence France-Presse Thursday through the numbers recorded in all countries.
In the face of the “tsunami” of COVID-19 infections that overwhelms health systems, many capitals and cities, including Paris, Mexico, Athens and Barcelona, have decided to impose restrictions on New Year’s celebrations in addition to the measures taken in recent days with the aim of curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Several Brazilian cities, such as Sao Paulo, have canceled planned New Year’s celebrations.
In France, which recorded, on Wednesday, an unprecedented number of daily injuries exceeding 200,000, nightclubs will be closed on the night of December 31 and for several more weeks.
In Paris, where masks were imposed on the street, and to mark the New Year, the authorities announced that bars would be closed on the first Saturday and second Sunday of January 2022.
In Greece, bars and restaurants will close at midnight. It will be allowed to open its doors on the night of December 31 until 2 am.
Nor are there big tables on New Year’s Eve in Greece, which recorded, on Wednesday, a new record number of injuries, amounting to 28,828 new cases. From Thursday until January 16, the number of people gathered around tables in restaurants will be limited to six people at most.
Greek Health Minister Tanos Plifris said in a televised message on Wednesday that “music will be banned”, in an attempt to curb the desires of his citizens to go out on New Year’s Eve.
In Spain, festivities have been canceled in most areas. Nine of the country’s 10 most populous cities will not hold the “campanadas”, the ringing of bells at the New Year. The tradition is that the Spaniards eat twelve grapes at the midnight bell.
Only Madrid kept the celebration within a minimum ceremony in the famous Puerta del Sol, with a limited attendance of 7,000 people, and with a mask on, compared to 18,000 in 2019, that is, before the outbreak of the pandemic.
For his part, Pope Francis will not make his traditional New Year’s visit to the Grotto of St Peter’s Square on Friday due to the dangers posed by this type of gathering, the Vatican announced Thursday.
In Mexico City Council canceled New Year’s celebrations, while Cyprus banned dancing in public places.
And in Germany, where nightclubs will remain closed on New Year’s Eve, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warned that the new restrictions that came into force on Tuesday “will not be enough” against the mutant Omicron, which is expected to cause a “sharp rise” in the number of infections in the coming weeks. .
Omicron is currently causing a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in many European countries, some of which have set records since the beginning of the epidemic.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization spoke of a “tsunami” that puts “tremendous pressure on exhausted health workers and health systems on the verge of collapse”, two years after the start of an epidemic that killed more than 5.4 million people.
British hospitals, which are facing a “state of war” against the mutant Omicron, will set up temporary structures to provide about 4,000 additional beds in anticipation of receiving a wave of injured, according to the Public Health Authority announced Thursday.
In England in particular, hospitals have received more than ten thousand cases of corona, an unprecedented number since the beginning of March.
In Europe, several countries are facing record numbers of injuries, such as Iceland or Finland, with about ten thousand new injuries within 24 hours, which led them to suspend the use of the vaccine certificate to enter some celebrations, considering it insufficient.
Denmark, which currently has the highest rate of infections compared to the population of the world, recorded a new record number of 23 injuries within 24 hours.
The United States is also facing a record rise in the number of infections with Omicron, the most common mutated mutant.
US health officials have recommended avoiding cruises, even for people who have received the vaccine, due to the increase in the number of infections on cruise ships since the emergence of the Omicron mutant.
But so far, the exacerbation of the epidemic has not led to an overall increase in the number of deaths, which has been declining for three weeks in the world.
In China, which is facing an epidemic less than forty days before the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the authorities have taken more stringent measures.
After the city of Xi’an, which has been under quarantine for a week and is currently facing difficulties in supplies, tens of thousands of residents of a neighborhood in Yan’an City, 300 kilometers from Xi’an, will spend the New Year in their homes in quarantine.
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