The number of confirmed cases around the world is skyrocketing as the Corona 19 Omicron mutant virus is rampant. In the United States, the number of new cases per day nearly tripled, surpassing the 500,000 mark. In major European countries, such as France, the UK and Italy, the burden on the health care system is growing.
According to Worldometer, a website specializing in statistics on the 28th (local time), the number of new cases of COVID-19 around the world on that day was 1.22,375, the highest since the pandemic. As of the last three months, this number was between 300,000 and 700,000 before the discovery of the micron mutation. However, at the end of last month, when the micron mutation appeared, it is drawing a steep upward curve.
On the 27th, the number of new confirmed cases in the United States surpassed 540,000 on the same day. Looking at the average number of confirmed cases per week (7 days) during the same period, it jumped from 214,499 on the 26th to 244,099 on the 27th. On the 28th, the number of new confirmed cases on the same day was 387,751, a little sluggish, but the upward trend is clear.
Assisi Zha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, told CNN that “next January is going to be a really tough month.”
In the United States, concerns are rising as the rate of infection and hospitalization for COVID-19 among children, who are vulnerable to quarantine, has risen. The vaccination rate is still low because parents are concerned about the side effects of the vaccine, and vaccination for infants and children under the age of 5 is still in the review stage.
CNN reported that hospitalizations of pediatric COVID-19-related pediatric patients in New York City in December increased fivefold compared to the previous month. This is nearly twice that of Washington DC. Across the U.S., the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 rose 48% in the past week alone, CNN reported. Juan Salazar, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, said, “Children are an easy target for the virus,” noting that COVID-19 spreads rapidly among children, a ‘niche’ in vaccination.
The chaos of the sky road around the world continues. As many as 2,800 flights were canceled worldwide on the 28th, according to flight tracking website Flightaware.com. Among them, domestic and international flights from the United States accounted for more than 1,000 flights.
In the United States, there is also growing controversy over the fact that the health authorities shortened the self-quarantine period for asymptomatic patients from 10 days to 5 days the previous day. In the economic field, which is struggling with a manpower shortage, conflicts between labor and management have also arisen over the health authorities’ decision to lower the quarantine threshold.
The Associated Press reported on the 28th that criticism of the health authorities’ decision is being raised among medical experts. Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Research questioned that health authorities did not mandate additional testing after five days of quarantine for asymptomatic patients. “It is frankly reckless to proceed in this way,” he said.
Countries in North America and Europe, where Omicron mutation cases are rapidly increasing, have mixed responses to quarantine.
To prevent the collapse of the health care system, the Canadian province of Quebec has introduced a strict policy that allows medical staff and essential personnel to continue working without quarantine even if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the serious shortage of medical personnel, a situation of ‘patients taking care of patients’ has arisen.
In France, 17,9807 new cases were confirmed on the same day, breaking the previous record of 104,611 in four days. On the same day, the UK and Italy recorded 129,741 and 78,313 new cases, respectively, the highest on record.
To prevent the spread of Omicron mutation, European countries are strengthening social distancing policies, such as mandatory telecommuting (France), ban on entry of unvaccinated foreigners (Finland), strengthening restrictions on the number of people at private gatherings (Germany), and closing cultural facilities (Belgium). atmosphere. However, the UK showed a different move, saying ‘there are no additional regulations’.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the number of new cases of COVID-19 increased by 11% compared to last week. The WHO said, “The risks associated with Omicron are still very high,” and urged countries to strengthen quarantine measures.
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