The Number Of New Coronavirus Infections Globally Reaches 6.65 Million In A Week

The mutated strain of the new coronavirus, Omicron, has spread out of control, with more than 6.65 million infections worldwide in the past week. In the United States, most of Europe, and Australia, the number of daily infections reached a record high. The testing centers were overwhelmed, and people had to stay at home without leaving their homes.

According to statistics from Agence France-Presse, in the 7 days from 22 to 28 of this month, the world has an average of at least 935,000 new infections every day, the highest record since the epidemic was detected in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019, reaching 6.55 million. , Exceeding the 7-day average of 817,000 cases set from April 23 to 29 this year.

After China first reported the discovery of “viral pneumonia” in Wuhan nearly two years ago, the constantly mutating coronavirus has caused severe damage to many parts of the world, forcing governments to reconsider current isolation and testing regulations.

New Coronavirus Infections Globally Reaches
New Coronavirus Infections Globally Reaches

Although some studies claim that Omicron mutant strains are not as deadly as previously discovered mutant strains, a large number of positive cases may overwhelm hospitals in some countries. At the same time, due to the increase in the number of people quarantined, it is difficult for companies to continue operations.

France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Malta’s new confirmed cases on Tuesday set the highest record since the outbreak.

According to Reuters statistics, in the past seven days, the average daily number of infections in the United States has reached a record level. There was a peak of infection cases in the United States in January this year.

The number of infections in Australia on Wednesday surged to nearly 18,300, surpassing the peak of 11,300 infections a day earlier.

Australian Prime Minister Morrison said that in view of the long queues waiting for testing in some areas, Australia needs to readjust its regulations to control overwhelmed testing agencies.

The bottleneck of detection also occurs in some European countries. Take Spain as an example. On Tuesday, the number of people waiting for testing far exceeded the testing reagents provided by the Madrid regional government, and there were long queues outside some pharmacies.

Governments in some countries are also concerned about the increasing number of people forced to self-quarantine because they have been in contact with infected people.

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Australian Prime Minister Morrison said that people cannot be quarantined just because they happen to be in a certain place at a certain time. This is impossible.

Italy relaxed some quarantine regulations on Wednesday. Italy is worried that as the number of infected people on Tuesday doubled to 78,313, and the number of close contacts in self-isolation is huge, Italy may soon come to a standstill.

The latest report released by the WHO on Tuesday evening stated that preliminary data from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Denmark showed that compared with the Delta strain, the risk of severe hospital admission for people infected with the Omicron strain is declining. However, this report also pointed out that further data is needed to understand more clearly the impact of vaccination on the condition of the infected person.

The global increase in the number of new coronavirus infections comes at a time when people travel and party during the New Year holiday. In view of this, Italy cancelled public celebrations, and Japan urged people to reduce the size of New Year’s and New Year gatherings.

An official from the Japan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said: “The biggest risk is not taking adequate measures to prevent infection to attend the party.”

At present, Omi Kiron strain infection cases are relatively rare in Asian countries, but some experts pointed out that in Asian countries with large populations, governments must be fully prepared to deal with the spread of Omi Kiron strain that may be inevitable. .

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