Record Covid-19 Cases, Driven by Omicron, Pressure Hospitals in U.S., Europe

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The rate of hospitalization is increasing despite the disease being minor.

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In the US, the seven-day average of new hospital patients with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 is running up several days from the record level last January. On average, about 27,000 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 every day last week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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In Europe, the World Health Organisation’s regional director for Europe, Hans Henri Kluge, said COVID-19 is “challenging health systems and service delivery in many countries, with omicron speeds and the risk of drowning many more.” There is danger.” He said 26 countries in the region had reported that more than 1% of their population was catching Covid-19 every week.

He said the agency was concerned because the variant was spreading in Europe to countries with low vaccination rates in the past. Citing evidence from Denmark in the week over Christmas, he said the hospitalization rate for people without vaccinations was six times higher than for those who were vaccinated.

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With an average of more than 750,000 daily cases reported in each of the seven days to Monday, the weekly number of newly reported Covid-19 infections in the US surpasses the pre-Omicron record set a year ago, according to data collected by Close to triple. Johns Hopkins University. In a sign that new infections are continuing to rise, the seven-day average is higher than the daily average reported over the past 14 days.

Evidence from the UK, South Africa and elsewhere also suggests that hospitalized people generally get sick less often than in earlier waves of the pandemic. The average seven-day average of Covid-19 deaths in the US is more than 1,600 a day, roughly following the level at the beginning of December.

The US is not the only one to post new case records. France, Italy, the Netherlands and Canada are among the countries seeing record case numbers, according to data from Oxford University in Our World.

At a slower pace than in the past week, however, the cases of Covid in France are increasing rapidly. For the entire week starting January 10, France recorded nearly 270,000 new cases a day, a 61% increase from the week before. In Paris, the infection rate is high, with around 3.7% of residents testing positive for the virus in the week ending January 7.

Schools in Paris prepare for a teacher strike on Thursday against a complicated health protocol when students test positive for the virus. The process requires other students to be tested immediately before returning to class, and then to continue testing twice over the next four days. On Monday evening, France’s prime minister said the first tests could be done at home so that families could avoid long lines for tests at pharmacies and laboratories.

On Tuesday afternoon, France’s Senate will debate a bill that would prevent unvaccinated people from entering restaurants, cafes and many other public places, instead of allowing them to gain access by showing a negative test. The bill was passed by the French National Assembly last week.

In the UK, there were early signs that the Omicron wave was running out of steam. Last week’s average of more than 170,000 cases per day is only 1% higher than the week before. New Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths have increased by an average of 40% over the previous week. However, hospitalizations are running at less than half the record level a year ago.

Write Stephen Fiddler at [email protected] and Sam Schechner at [email protected]


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