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France breaks record for Covid-19 infections in Europe, with more than 200,000 cases in one day

The French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, reported on December 29 that his country registered a record 208,000 new cases of Covid-19, in the last 24 hours. This is the highest daily figure recorded in any country in Europe since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.

France is experiencing a “tsunami” of Covid-19 infections. This was stated by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, during a press conference this Wednesday, December 29, after confirming 208,000 positive diagnoses in a single day.

It is a new record both at national and European level. The country has been exceeding the unfortunate mark repeatedly in recent days.

On Tuesday, when the French territory reported over 180,000 infections in 24 hours, it already represented the highest number for a European nation, according to data from Covidtracker, a tool to follow the evolution of the new coronavirus on the planet.

“This means that, in 24 hours, day and night, for every second in our country they are diagnosed as positive (…) We have never experienced a situation like this,” said Véran.

The minister added that it is a “vertiginous” increase in cases and indicated that the situation could worsen, since French hospitals were already facing a worrying panorama due to the Delta variant and the impacts that Ómicron will bring remain to be seen.

“We have two enemies,” said Véran, referring to the two main variants. “As for Omicron, I would no longer talk about a wave. This is a tidal wave, where several waves combine to form a massive wave,” he stressed.

For now, the government of Emmanuel Macron rules out a curfew in the nation, a measure that was taken on the French island of La Reunion, located in the Indian Ocean and where the number of cases is particularly high.

There the mobilization restriction will come into force from 9 pm to 5 am, starting next January 1 and will last until at least the 23rd of the same month.

Portugal, Greece and the United Kingdom also set records at the national level in the last day. In the British territory alone, 180,000 infections were reported this Wednesday and more than 90% of the cases are community-based, according to the British Health Security Agency.

Nomi Health screening units perform Covid-19 tests on patients in Miami, December 28, 2021 © AP/Rebecca Blackwell

USA: more infections, fewer hospitalizations, but deaths skyrocket

Ómicron’s behavior in the United States has not been different from the rest of the world. The peak of daily infections soared to 265,000, 15,000 more than the previous record, registered in mid-January of this year, but the number of hospitalizations for Covid-19 has been reduced by half, according to John Hopkins University. .

The 60,000 Covid patients who have had to be hospitalized are half of those hospitalized at the time of the previous record, which could validate the suspicion, which still needs to be clinically validated, that Ómicron produces less severe conditions than the Delta variant.

However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded in its most recent figures an increase in the daily average of deaths, which has climbed from 1,200 two weeks ago to 1,500 according to the latest measurement.

This behavior could be associated with the recalculation of the prevalence of the new lineage, which the CDC had placed at 73% of the new infections 11 days ago, and which has now been rectified to 23%, at least for December 18, which would indicate that by that time Delta was still the dominant variant.

The CDC also released a report suggesting that Omicron has a shorter incubation time. According to a study from late November, patients in whom the variant was detected developed symptoms consistent with Covid-19 an average of 73 hours after being exposed to the source patient.

France Breaks Record For Covid-19 Infections In Europe, With More Than 200,000 Cases In One Day

WHO: infections worldwide increased by 11% in the last week

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the number of positive diagnoses of Covid-19 increased worldwide by 11% last week, compared to the previous one, due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. .

In its weekly epidemiological report, published Tuesday night, the WHO noted that there were around 4.99 million new cases reported across the planet between December 20 and 26.

America was the continent that registered the highest increase in cases last week, which was 39% (1.4 million), but the country that contributed the most to that figure was the United States. Only there, more than 1.18 million cases were registered, that is, an increase of 34%.

Meanwhile, Europe led in absolute figures, with 2.8 million infections, 3% more than in the previous seven days.


In Africa, where positive diagnoses doubled in previous weeks, this time there was a more moderate increase of 7%, with 274,000 cases; while in East Asia the cases remained stable, with 238,000 infections. In the Middle East they fell 3% to 76,000.

Against this background, the organization stressed that “the general risk related to the Omicron variant remains very high.”

The agency cited “consistent evidence” that the new South African variant has a growth advantage over the Delta, which remains dominant in some parts of the world.

However, the WHO also highlighted that the number of deaths reported worldwide last week was 44,680, which means a reduction of 4%.

With , AP and EFE

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