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There was no ‘stop’ even on Christmas… Highest number of new cases worldwide

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With the spread of Omicron mutation, the number of new COVID-19 cases around the world has been recorded as the ‘highest’ ever.

In Europe, where the Christmas holiday is celebrated, Greece and Denmark have the highest number of new cases.

Correspondent Kim Ji-soo.

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As Christmas approaches, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Europe continues to rise.

As of the 27th, Greece had the highest number of new cases, reaching 10,000, and the authorities immediately tightened regulations such as limiting the opening hours of restaurants and bars until midnight.

Denmark also recorded 16,000 new confirmed cases, the highest since the advent of the corona virus.

Iceland, with a population of 360,000, has nearly 700 new cases.

Considering that the number did not exceed 100 during the pandemic last fall, you can see the seriousness of the current situation.

In the UK, where there are around 100,000 new cases every day, it was found that 9 out of 10 new cases were infected with the Omicron mutation.

While many countries are actively implementing booster shots to catch the spread of Omicron, Israel, the first in the world to introduce the third dose, has started testing the fourth dose for medical staff.

At the same time, the interval between the 3rd dose was reduced from 5 months to 3 months.

The decision was made by Israeli authorities, citing the rapid spread of Omicron mutations, the need to expedite the booster shot vaccination.

France also noted that the transmission power of Omicron is at least three times stronger than that of the delta mutation, shortened the interval between booster shots to 3 months from the current 4 months, and is also considering a fourth dose.

This is Kim Ji-soo from Yonhap News.

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