Europe faces a new record for COVID-19 infections this year-end

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Despite having a large percentage of the vaccinated population, Europe faces a new wave of infections by COVID-19, with record numbers that almost surpass those of last winter, when the continent began the vaccination campaign.

Studies suggest that omicron is lighter than delta, with a 30% to 70% lower chance that infected people will end up in the hospital. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that an increase in cases in Europe will push health systems to the brink of collapse.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, said at a press conference that “the pressure on health systems is not only due to new patients with COVID-19 who require hospitalization, but also a large number of workers health workers are getting sick ”.

France has reported the highest number of new daily COVID cases in Europe and French authorities predict that in January the omicron variant will be the dominant one, with possibly 250,000 daily infections.

Olivier Véran, France’s Minister of Health, said he had made a quick calculation of the spread of the virus: “Throughout the day, all night, more than two people test positive for the coronavirus every second.”

But France, with more than 179,000 cases Tuesday, was not the only one to break records. Italy, Greece, Portugal and England also posted all-time highs.

For this reason, several countries, such as Greece and Italy, reimposed restrictions and curfews. Already the celebrations for the new year’s eve were canceled in almost all cities. Long are the lines for booster doses or just a COVID-19 test.

Germany ordered the unvaccinated to stay home. A decision that has led to a sudden reduction in infections in the country.

Meanwhile, the UK, despite an increase in cases in recent weeks, decided for now not to take any restrictive measures and will continue to monitor the situation.

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