Omicron spread: daily cases in the United States fall, the demonstration against curbs continues in Belgium | world news
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly around the world with a massive increase in daily infections.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday that Omicron is less serious than Delta but still a dangerous variant. Unvaccinated people, those in old age and with underlying illnesses may have a severe form of Covid-19 following infection with Omicron, the global health body added.
Omicron is currently the dominant variant in the European Union with a combined prevalence of 78%. In the United States, daily infections have started to decline, indicating that Omicron is giving in. In contrast, in India, the spread of the variant has reached the stage of community transmission.
Here are the latest updates on Omicron from around the world:
> Daily Covid-19 cases in Russia have risen for the third day in a row with the highest single-day rise ever on Sunday at 63,205. According to authorities, Omicron has so far been detected in 64 of the country’s 89 regions. country.
> In South Korea, daily cases have climbed to 7,630 in the past 24 hours, the second highest one-day peak seen in the country since the pandemic began in 2020. The government is currently working on a plan aimed at modifying the medical response system to contain the spread of Omicron.
> Even though the national daily Covid-19 tally has started to drop, with the United States indicating that the Omicron variant is giving in, deaths continue to rise, according to a New York Times report.
> Demonstrations in Brussels against restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Omicron continue, with police using water cannon trucks firing powerful jets and tear gas to disperse protesters.
> Amid New Zealand’s variant surge, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called off her wedding. The government has pushed back its phased border reopening until the end of February, according to a CNN report.
(With contributions from the agency)