The world crossed the symbolic threshold of one million cases of corona daily, for the first time in the week of December 23-29, according to a census based on official data, on the eve of the New Year celebrations.
More than 7.3 million new cases of “Covid-19” were recorded in the last seven days, i.e. an average of 1,045,000 cases per day, an increase of 46% compared to the previous week, according to a census based on the numbers recorded in all countries.
In the face of the “tsunami” of “Corona” injuries, which exhausts health systems, several capitals and cities, including Paris, Mexico, Athens and Barcelona, decided to impose restrictions on celebrations for the New Year, in addition to measures taken in recent days to curb the spread of the outbreak. Several Brazilian cities, such as Sao Paulo, have canceled scheduled New Year’s celebrations.
In France, which recorded, yesterday, Wednesday, an unprecedented number of daily injuries exceeding 200,000 cases, the nightclubs will be closed on the night of December 31, and for several more weeks.
And the Parisian authorities imposed a muzzle on the street, and on the occasion of the New Year, announced that cafes would be closed, Saturday and Sunday, the first and second of January, at 02:00 local time.
Cut back on festivities
In Greece, cafes and restaurants will close at midnight. It will be allowed to open its doors on New Year’s Eve until 2 am. And there will be no big feasts 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 the middle of next month, the number of people gathered around tables in restaurants will be limited to six people at most.
In Spain, festivities were canceled in most regions. And nine of the country’s 10 most populous cities will not hold the campanadas, the ringing of bells at the New Year. But Madrid will organize the ceremony within a minimum ceremony in the famous Puerta del Sol, with a limited attendance of 7,000 people, with a mask on.
For his part, Pope Francis will not make his traditional New Year’s visit to the Grotto of Saint Peter’s Square, on Friday, due to the dangers posed by this type of gathering, the Vatican announced.
In Mexico, the city council canceled New Year’s celebrations, while Cyprus banned dancing in public places.
And in Germany, where clubs will remain closed tonight 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”.
Currently, “Omicron” has caused a sharp rise in infections with “Covid-19” in several European countries, some of which have recorded record numbers since the beginning of the epidemic. The World Health Organization said, on Wednesday, that the “tsunami” 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.
state of war
British hospitals, which are facing a “state of war” against the mutated “Omicron”, are creating temporary structures to provide about 4,000 additional beds, in anticipation of receiving a wave of infected people. In England in particular, hospitals have received more than ten thousand cases of “Corona”, which is an unprecedented number since the beginning of last March.
In Europe, countries are facing record numbers of infections, such as Iceland or Finland, which led them to suspend the use of the vaccine certificate to enter some celebrations, considering it insufficient.
And Denmark, which is currently with the highest rate of injuries compared to the population of the countries of the world, recorded a new record number of 23,228 injuries within 24 hours. The same is true of Spain, even though it is considered one of the best countries in terms of vaccination. One hundred thousand and 760 new infections were recorded on average within a week.
The United States is also facing a record rise in the number of Omicron infections. 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 40 days before the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the authorities have taken more stringent measures.
After the city of Qian, 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 km from Qian, will spend the New Year in their homes in quarantine.
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