- In the past 28 days, the US and UK have reported the most new cases of the virus in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
- However, there are a handful of countries that have a higher prevalence of COVID-19 than the UK and US, among them Ireland, Greece and Denmark.
- Omicron is now the dominant form of Kovid-19 in all three countries.
The emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant has seen an increase in cases of COVID-19 in countries across the world.
In the past 28 days, the US and UK have reported the most new cases of the virus in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
However, there are a handful of countries with a higher prevalence of Covid-19 than the UK and the US, which reported 2,664 and 1,810 cases per million people respectively in the week to January 6, according to Our World data show.
Those countries are Ireland, Greece and Denmark.
In the week ending 6 January, Ireland had an average of 4,020 cases of COVID-19 per million people, according to Our World in data. According to official government figures, 23,817 new cases were confirmed in the country on Thursday. Highest daily figure ever,
In the week leading up to 5 January, there were 40 deaths from the virus in Ireland. Coronavirus deaths in Ireland are far from the peak of 220 deaths in April 2020, despite hitting record highs over the past week. However, both hospitalizations and deaths are increasing as the cases continue to rise.
Government figures show that 23 lakh booster doses have been administered till Thursday. 55% of eligible population Three shots of a Kovid vaccine have been received. Meanwhile, 77% of the population has been fully vaccinated with the initial two doses.
Irish health officer announced on Thursday That the government will not impose further restrictions to reduce the number of rising cases. The country currently has a handful of measures in place, including mask mandates, a ban on large indoor events and limiting at-home gatherings to more than three homes.
back in december, Irish health officials revealed That the Omicron strain was now the dominant form of Kovid-19 in the country.
The Irish government said in a statement on Wednesday that the epidemiological situation “is giving rise to significant concern,” but that “the rapid pace of the vaccination program has been central in offsetting the impact of the Omicron wave of disease.”
Greece also has a high prevalence of the virus, with an average of 3,468 cases per million people recorded in the week ending January 6.
On Tuesday, the country recorded a record 50,126 new daily cases and 61 deaths, official figures show. As of Thursday, that figure had dropped slightly to 33,716, while daily deaths rose to 70.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 66.3% of the population in Greece has been fully vaccinated.
In an interview with a local radio station on Friday, Greek Health Minister Thanos Pleveris said provisional data showed no patients with confirmed omicrons had been intubated in the hospital so far.
He said steps were being taken to ensure Athens had enough hospital beds as the Omicron version increased pressure on hospitals in the Greek capital.
His remarks came after officials declared at a press briefing on Wednesday that more than 90% of cases in Greece were now the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant.
Although Pleveris said Friday that Omicron seemed to be temporarily lighter than previous variants, he cautioned: “When we say Omicron is lighter than Delta, it doesn’t mean it is lighter.”
Thursday’s data showed that 593 Covid-19 patients were admitted to Greek hospitals in the last 24 hours.
Elsewhere, Denmark recorded an average of 3,334 Covid cases per million people in the week to January 6, data from Our World showed.
On Friday, Denmark recorded a provisional 18,261 new positive test results for the past 24 hours. According to official figures, a total of 755 Covid-19 patients were admitted to the hospital – less than a day before.
Ten new deaths from the coronavirus were reported in Denmark on Friday.
About 80% of Denmark’s population has received two doses of a COVID vaccine, with more than half being immunized with a booster dose.
On Friday, Danish officials said that Omicron now accounts for 90% of COVID-19 cases in Denmark.
This comes after Danish health official Tyra Grove Kruse told local media This week that Omicron could help the population return to normal life within months.