Another 246 people died in French hospitals last day due to Covid-19. The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units increased from 3,665 to 3,695.
The current French maximum was 271,686 injuries in 24 hours on Tuesday. Due to rapidly spreading omicron change, the nation of 67 million has decided to allow infected healthcare professionals who do not have symptoms of covid-19 to continue working. The reason is the fear that there might be a shortage of them if they end up being quarantined often.
In France, which has so far dealt with the situation better than some previous waves, the number of infected people rose to more than 200,000 for the first time in the last week of last year. Three days later, authorities recorded a decrease, which could be related to the period around the New Year celebrations, when fewer testing sites were up and running. As of Tuesday, the numbers are exciting again.
Sweden and the Netherlands also reported record numbers
Sweden recorded 17,320 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, a new daily record. Local authorities said the Netherlands had also reported 24,590 cases in the past 24 hours. In both countries, a sharp increase in the number of infected people is associated, among other things, with the rapid spread of the highly contagious coronavirus variant of Omicron. Among the injured are King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia.
In Sweden, which has a population of ten million, the number of new cases has risen since November, and in December the government tightened conditions for public gatherings and called for work from home whenever possible. Despite the tightening, Sweden’s restrictions remain modest compared to many other European countries.
“Of course, we are studying whether the situation requires new, broader measures, but we have not taken any action yet,” said Britta Björkholm of the Swedish Public Health Office. “We’ve seen a shift over the past few weeks, and now the omicron variant is dominating the new infections in Sweden,” Björkholm said.
The sharp increase in the number of infected corresponds to the worst-case scenario published by the bureau before Christmas. Björkholm said at a press conference that the peak of new case statistics is expected sometime in mid-January. “We have a rapid increase in the number of cases, but there is no significant impact on health care,” the expert said. According to Björkholm, the number of cases in intensive care units, which are often unvaccinated patients, and the number of deaths is much lower than previous high levels.
The Netherlands, with a population of about 17.4 million, has reported 24,590 positive tests in the past 24 hours, the highest number according to official data. The country set a new record on November 24, when 23,713 injured were added to the statistics.
In the Netherlands, the dominance of the omicron variant was confirmed already at the end of last year, and it is prevalent even among newly discovered cases. Strict anti-epidemic measures were taken in the Netherlands from at least December 19 until January 14. Stores are closed, except for those selling basic necessities, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums, theaters and other public places. No more than two people can meet.
Despite the rapid increase in the number of infected, the number of hospitalized patients is declining. In the past 24 hours, 13 patients with the virus have ended up in intensive care units, the lowest number since October. There are now 449 patients with covid-19 in the Dutch hospital’s intensive care unit, down 15 from Tuesday. However, the LCPS Patient Coordination Center warns that the rapid increase in the number of infected could be reflected in the number of hospitalizations later in January.
Italy achieved record gains for the second day in a row
In Italy, most cases of coronavirus were confirmed on the second day in a row since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced 189,109 new cases, the previous day there were 170,844 cases of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The percentage of positive tests also increased to 17.3 percent over the past day. The day before it was 13.9 percent. SkyTg24 reported it.
The number of Covid-19-related deaths rose to 231 in Italy in the past 24 hours, up from 259 the day before, and the highest number since April 30, when there were 263 such deaths.
The number of coronavirus infections in Italy has begun to rise sharply since Christmas, as the government announced 144,243 confirmed infections on New Year’s Eve, the highest number since the first case in Italy nearly two years ago.
Israel exceeded the September limit
Israel also saw a record number of infections over the past day. And the laboratories monitored 11,978 cases of coronavirus infection. The Times of Israel reported that the sharp rise was driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant and is occurring despite travel restrictions and quarantine rules.
Tuesday’s balance of new infected people exceeded its previous high on September 2, when Israel recorded 11,345 new infections during the wave of diseases caused by the delta variable.
Israel now faces a fifth wave of infections, with the percentage of positive tests rising to 6.6% on Tuesday. Reproduction number 1.94. If this number is higher than one in the long run, the epidemic is considered accelerating.
Croatia faces its strongest wave yet
Croatia also broke its own record, adding 8,587 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the largest number since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country. This was announced on Wednesday by Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovich.
“These numbers show that Omicron is spreading. We know that it is a much more contagious species, it is very present in our country,” HRT quoted Plenkovic as saying. The coronavirus is now spreading faster in Dalmatia, where local authorities say the media are planning to shorten the opening hours of bars and restaurants and other measures.
And the country recorded the highest daily increase in the number of infected people so far, as the number of infected people reached 4 million on November 7, at 7,315. A week ago, there were 5,768 infected people in Croatia. There are currently 1,841 patients with covid-19 in hospital, of whom 230 need intensive care. About 32 people have died in the past 24 hours. 63 percent of Croatia’s population has been fully vaccinated.
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