The number of COVID-19 cases in some countries increased due to the Omicron variant

According to statistics site, as of 8 am on December 28, the world recorded 281,636,237 cases of COVID-19, including 5,422,116 deaths. The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to spread, causing the number of COVID-19 cases in some countries to increase and many countries to tighten disease prevention measures.


Israel's Ministry of Health said that the number of new cases recorded on December 27 in the country exceeded 2,000 in the context of the widespread Omicron variant and now accounts for 50% of the total number of cases being treated. The Israeli government has asked hospitals across the country to prepare for overcrowding as the Omicron variant still shows signs of continuing to spread. Hospitals were ordered to add 300 hospital beds, plus 40 more intensive care beds.
The Japanese government is making efforts to strengthen measures to control the spread of the Omicron variant in the community, but is still flexible in some solutions so as not to have too great a impact on socio-economic activities. Accordingly, the Government of this country has stepped up screening measures to early detect and prevent the spread of the Omicron variant; granting free testing in the vicinity of localities with confirmed cases of Omircon variant infection in the community. Therefore, people in the provinces bordering Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, and Okinawa, if they suspect they have COVID-19, will be encouraged to go to medical facilities for PCR testing and the full cost of testing. paid for by the state.

Meanwhile, France has officially entered the 5th wave of COVID-19 epidemic right in time for Christmas, when the number of new cases increased very quickly in the past week. However, the authorities of this country have decided not to implement social distancing, no curfew, no school closures... Instead, France will appropriately expand and strengthen the measures being taken. perform. Specifically, within 3 weeks from January 3, 2022, large-scale events will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors. Outdoor concerts are completely prohibited. Consumption of food and drink in theatres, cinemas and in transport (even on long journeys) is also not allowed. Depending on the situation of the epidemic, local leaders can decide whether to use masks when going out or not. For agencies, 

The Italian government is considering shortening the isolation period for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in close contact with infected people. Under current regulations, people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 must self-isolate for 7 days if they have been vaccinated and for 10 days if they have not. From January 10, the time between the 2nd dose and the booster shot will be reduced from 6 months to 4 months. Italian experts predict that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country will increase in January 2022 and the country will start injecting the fourth dose of the vaccine to people as early as May 2022. 

Similarly, in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in this country announced to reduce the isolation period for people with asymptomatic COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days. The US CDC recommends that after the above 5-day isolation period, everyone should wear a mask when in contact with others for the next 5 days to reduce the risk of infection.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that currently the Americas continue to be the region most heavily affected by the disease with 100.5 million cases of COVID-19, accounting for 36% of cases worldwide and 2 ,4 million deaths, accounting for 45% of all deaths in the world.

According to VNA

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