|Patients line up to receive a Pfizer vaccine at the COVID-19 vaccination center at Aristotle Square in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the 23rd (local time). © AFP=News1 © News1 Reporter Dongmyeong Woo|
Due to the spread of Omicron, a new mutant of COVID-19, European countries are struggling with the highest number of confirmed cases every day.
According to Reuters, the Ministry of Health announced on the 31st (local time) that there were 144,243 new confirmed cases as of the previous day. The previous day, 126,888 people were confirmed, and the number of confirmed cases exceeded 100,000 for the first time in history, breaking the record high in one day.
The number of new patients in the intensive care unit was 119, and the cumulative number of patients in intensive care was 1,260. The number of hospitalized patients excluding the intensive care unit is 11,150, the Ministry of Health said.
The population of Italy is 60 million, and the vaccination completion rate is 75.1% (based on Our World in Data).
Christ The number of new cases recorded 4,560 on that day, breaking an all-time high for the fourth day in a row. There were 76 new deaths, Greek health officials said. Greece has a population of 10 million and the vaccination completion rate is 65.4%.
Portugal, which has the highest vaccination rate in Europe, is also rewriting the number of confirmed cases every day due to the spread of Omicron, which accounts for 83% of new infections.
The number of new confirmed cases on this day was 3829, which showed a steeper spread compared to the previous day (28,659). The number of new deaths was 18, two more than the previous day (16), and the number of critically ill patients was 145. Portugal has a population of 10 million and the vaccination rate is 87%.
In neighboring Turkey, 4786 new cases were confirmed on the same day, more than double the record recorded a week ago (18,910). Turkey’s Health Minister Paretin Koko tweeted, “Omicron has become the dominant species.”