Doctors in France discovered 104,611 cases of COVID-19 infection per day amid the spread of the new omicron strain. About it informs Reuters.
This is the highest rate in the country for the entire time of a pandemic. More than 16 thousand patients with COVID-19 are currently in hospitals. Over 3.2 thousand of them are in intensive care.
World Airlines canceled more than 4 thousand flights on Christmas weekend due to the increase in the incidence of coronavirus and the spread of the omicron strain.
The number of people infected with a new strain of coronavirus doubles every two to three days due to its ability to spread “extremely quickly”. Such a statement earlier did World Health Organization Special Representative for COVID-19 Response David Nabarro.
On November 26, WHO designated the B.1.1.529 coronavirus strain found in southern Africa with the Greek letter omicron. The WHO said in a statement that the species “has a large number of mutations, some of which are of concern.” Later laboratory tests confirmedthat the omicron has learned to get away, if not from all, then from a significant part of the antibodies produced after vaccination or a disease caused by previous variants of SARS-CoV-2.
The world epicenter of the spread of the omicron strain is southern Africa. The largest number of those infected with it was detected in South Africa.