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Europe and the United States hit hard by Omicron

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The explosion of Covid-19 contaminations now affects almost the entire planet, from Asia to Latin America via Europe. Health, sport, major events… many sectors of activity are affected by the Omicron wave as restrictions multiply.

The numbers give the spin. Nearly 890,000 cases in 24 hours in the United States, 270,000 in France, more than 200,000 in the United Kingdom: Covid-19 contaminations increased further on Tuesday January 4 across the world, threatening certain sectors with dysfunctions important.

Many personalities are among the new “positives”: from the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf to the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould El-Ghazouani, passing by the goalkeeper of Paris SG Gianluigi Donnarumma and the defender Lucas Hernandez of Bayern Munich, where not less than eight players are affected…

Faced with a worrying fifth wave, the United States recorded nearly 890,000 cases in 24 hours, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday evening, down slightly from the record of one million cases noted Monday. .

Argentina is also experiencing a spectacular increase in the number of people positive for Covid-19, with 81,000 new cases recorded on Tuesday, almost double the previous day, confirming that the current tidal wave is reaching Latin America.

In Brazil, the second country in the world most bereaved by the pandemic after the United States, the authorities of Rio de Janeiro decided on Tuesday to suspend the street parades of the next carnival, at the end of February.

“Answering” the unvaccinated

France, for its part, recorded more than 270,000 cases in 24 hours, a record level. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, mentioned figures that make you “dizzy”.

The positivity rate, or the proportion of cases among people tested, now exceeds 15% in the country, close to its record highs in the fall of 2020.

The United Kingdom meanwhile recorded a new record of more than 200,000 cases in 24 hours on Tuesday, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson again refused to tighten health measures.

The current wave of the epidemic, relaunched at the end of 2021 by the arrival of the Omicron variant, which is considerably more contagious than the previous ones, even if its severity seems limited, is leading to an increase in absences due to illness. A phenomenon that causes dysfunctions in several sectors, in particular that of health.

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At least six hospitals in the United Kingdom declared “critical incidents” on Tuesday, meaning that the situation could affect priority care.

The lack of staff also affected the return to school in England, where the government renewed its call for retired teachers to come as reinforcements.

Faced with the Omicron tidal wave, most governments have imposed new restrictions, in particular encouraging teleworking, while putting pressure on the unvaccinated.

In France, the government wants to institute a vaccination pass. President Emmanuel Macron played the provocation by declaring: “The non-vaccinated, I really want to annoy them”. To the point that the debates on the vaccine pass were once again suspended in the National Assembly.

“I’m not going to put them in prison, I’m not going to vaccinate them by force. And so, you have to tell them: from January 15, you can no longer go to the restaurant, you can no longer take a cannon, you you will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theater, you will no longer be able to go to the cinema…”, explained the head of state, arousing strong reactions, three months before the presidential election.

Cyprus could announce new measures on Wednesday, such as restrictions on nightclubs, entertainment venues and home visits, while the island has the highest rate of contamination in the world (2,505 cases). per 100,000 inhabitants).

The Indian capital New Delhi has also imposed new measures, including confinement during the weekends.

And in Australia, which has nearly 50,000 daily cases, there is a rush on screening tests, despite their high cost.

Zero Covid strategy in China

The Philippines will extend restrictions to regions around the capital Manila, with some 25 million people affected: those who have not been vaccinated will have to stay at home for the duration of the restrictions – until mid-January – and will not be able to only go out to buy basic necessities or exercise.

China, for its part, confined more than a million additional inhabitants to a locality in the center of the country after the discovery of three asymptomatic cases, one month before the Beijing Winter Olympics.

>> To read: China’s “zero Covid” strategy, a political and health necessity

Fashion is not spared. Italian designer Giorgio Armani has announced the cancellation of his shows scheduled for January during Milan Fashion Week (Italy) and Paris Haute Couture Week.

But Novak Djokovic, the No.1 in world tennis, who has never communicated on his vaccination status, announced on Tuesday that he had obtained a “medical waiver” which will allow him to run for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Open d Australia, which takes place from January 17 to 30 in Melbourne.

With AFP


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