There is a sudden increase in the cases of infection due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus worldwide. This variant, which first surfaced in South Africa last month, is wreaking havoc in many countries including Britain and America. To prevent this, governments have increased the rate of testing and vaccination, as well as tightened the restrictions. Due to this variant, a new wave of infection has come in South Africa, Britain, France, Italy and many other countries.
The number of children being hospitalized in New York, USA is increasing. The New York State Department of Health said in a statement on Friday, "This rate is related to Covid-19. In New York City, the hospitalization rate for children under the age of 18 has quadrupled. This was seen from December 5 to this week.' The department also says that half of these children are under the age of 5, who are not yet eligible to get the vaccine doses. On an average, about 1,90,000 new cases have been reported daily in the last seven days in the US. According to the CDC, more than 76% of the total corona cases in the US are from the Omicron variant.
France- Health officials of this European country said on Sunday that for the first time in the epidemic, more than 100,000 virus cases have been registered in a single day. More than 1,000 people have died of the virus in France in the past week, bringing the country's total death toll to more than 122,000. In Paris, more than 1 out of every 100 people have been found infected with the infection last week. In the last one month, the rate of hospitalization of patients has doubled.
UK- Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in the United Kingdom. More than 100,000 cases are being reported in the country within a day. A record of 122,186 cases was registered for the third consecutive day on Friday. While 137 people died. Omicron's threat has been talked about in the data released by the Office for National Statistics. In Britain, 17 lakh people have been infected with Covid-19 till 19 December.
Italy- 24,883 new cases have been reported in Italy within a day on Sunday after three consecutive days of record cases. This number was less than the 54,762 cases reported a day earlier. Italy's Health Ministry said that 54,762 new cases have been reported on Saturday. Whereas 50,599 cases came a day earlier. The ministry has attributed about a third (28%) of the total corona cases to Omicron.
South Africa- According to data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the number of people hospitalized due to Covid in South Africa increased to 9,114 on Sunday. The positivity rate has also increased to 27.2% from 25.7% a day earlier. The highest (28%) of the new cases have been registered in the Western Cape province.
India- The number of Omicron cases in the country till Monday morning stood at 508. A maximum number of 141 cases have been registered in the state of Maharashtra. This is followed by 79 in Delhi, 57 in Kerala, 49 in Gujarat, 44 in Telangana, 34 in Tamil Nadu, 31 in Karnataka, 23 in Rajasthan, 10 in Haryana, 9 in Madhya Pradesh, 8 in Odisha, 6 in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. -6, 3-3 in Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir, 3 in Uttar Pradesh and 1-1 in Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Given the rise in Omicron cases, state governments are imposing night curfews and restrictions on the number of people attending social gatherings.