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Ómicron makes itself felt globally in the midst of Christmas and anniversary celebrations

Passers-by in Madrid on December 24, 2021. In Spain, like other countries, epidemics are on the rise again later this year. Photo: A.P.

Like the rest of the world, the United States continues to increase the number of Covid-19 cases in the last days of 2021. The spread of the omigran variant of SARS-CoV-2 and the increase in infections have forced thousands of flights to be canceled, while officials are evaluating new measures to deal with the epidemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already recorded 276.4 million infections and 5.37 million deaths worldwide in Kovit-19. The United States continues to be the most affected area in the world, with 36% of cases (100.5 million infections) and 45% of deaths (2.4 million).

Of these, nearly half the infections (46.2 million) and 62% of deaths (1.55 million) were recorded in Latin America.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned of a situation on the continent that is about to enter the third year of the epidemic with a steady increase in Govt-19 cases, especially in North America, which was on the rise last week. 36% of the total number of infections.

Meanwhile, there has been a decrease in cases and deaths in parts of Central and South America, although in countries such as Bolivia there has been a significant increase in weekly infections (13%), while in Ecuador and Argentina they have had low growth.

According to the most recent reports, cases of Omigron variation have been reported in several regions and countries of the United States, including Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, the United States, and Guadeloupe. , French Guiana, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin and Trinidad and Tobago.

They are joined by the Dominican Republic and Paraguay, who announced a lawsuit last Saturday, where the government on Monday reported the first outbreaks of the Omigran variant: three passengers from Mexico’s Cancun.

The continent is already aware of this variation, which has already been detected in more than 110 countries around the world and continues to spread rapidly, doubling cases in communities that spread over two or three days. WHO.

Leading airlines in the United States have canceled more than 1,000 flights for the fourth day in a row this Monday, according to Flight Aware, a real-time flight information provider.

Last Sunday, 1,517 planes landed, and on Saturday another 1,000 planes did not take off or depart for the United States, and on Friday, Christmas Eve, 700 planes were left in hangars, Flight Aware reported.

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According to the AP, flight delays and cancellations related to staff shortages are common in the US this year.

The U.S. company recalled that when air traffic was paralyzed in 2020, airlines encouraged employees to resign, and those companies struggled to stay competitive this year, with air travel restarted faster than expected, with Omigran’s arrival worse in recent weeks. The problem.

“We have seen experienced pilots leave the industry without returning from anywhere in the world during the epidemic,” said John Grant, an OAG researcher who specializes in research in the field of travel. “Before the latest variation came, filling those gaps with trained staff was already a challenge.”

But Henry Hartwelt, a travel analyst at Atmosphere Research Group, said the flight attendants’ conditions were “inappropriate” when Omigron was added to the cocktail. “The problems we see now are not due to the lack of staff to work in the airlines,” he said. What we see is that the employees who got the job are suffering from Govt disease. ”

In the United States, the government’s leading epidemiologist, Anthony Fossie, said on Monday that the Joe Biden administration was “seriously” evaluating the reduction of isolation time for those infected with the virus and that it was “reasonable to assess”. Imposition of new vaccine requirements on domestic flights.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Omigron is the dominant variant in the United States.

Infections are re-emerging in Spain, and regions are analyzing new regulations

Spain handles a large number of corona virus infections and some regions are considering applying new restrictions on social life by the end of this year.

Updating epidemic statistics for the first time in four days, health officials registered 214,619 new cases late Monday, bringing the 14-day national case record to 1,206 epidemic registration levels. New to 100,000 people.

At the height of the epidemic in January, it was one that affected the majority of the population in Spain, with the rate rising to 900.

The increase in outbreaks is largely due to the Omigran variant, which scientists say spreads faster than previous outbreaks, although the number of affected patients requiring hospital care is proportionally lower than previous outbreaks.

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Official figures show that 7.5% of Spanish hospital beds treat 18% of Kovid patients in intensive care units.

From December 23, 120 new deaths were reported.

In response to increasing cases, some Spanish territories are now considering the use of restrictions, a measure of which they opposed a week ago, when authorities imposed only the mandatory use of external masks.

The northern regions of Navarra, Aragon and Cantabria, among others, now restrict nightlife, impose curfew orders or allow members of different families to gather.

France has announced new measures to prevent the spread of the virus

The French government announced new measures on Monday to prevent the spread of the corona virus, but did not impose strict restrictions by the end of the year.

Beginning next week, mass events will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. French Prime Minister Jean Costex said people would be asked to sit down during concerts and hosts would not be able to stand in bars.

Eating and drinking will be prohibited on public transport, including in theaters, theaters, sports facilities and long-distance routes. Working from home is mandatory at least three days a week and their duties make it possible, he said.

Costex said the new rules would be in effect for at least three weeks.

The move comes after France registered more than 100,000 cases of the virus in a single day for the first time in an epidemic.

The new measures are less than the number of night curfew orders issued across the country in December last year.

On New Year’s Day, Castex made basic recommendations, including avoiding large dinners and dinners, wearing masks, ventilating rooms, and getting diagnostic tests.

The French prime minister has confirmed that schools will reopen as planned on January 3, and that political campaigns for democratic reasons will not be affected by the new rules ahead of the April presidential election.

One in 100 people in the Paris region tested positive for the corona virus last week, according to the regional health service. Most of the new infections are related to the Omigron variant, which government experts predict will be a dominant mutation in France in the coming days.

In France, a bill to create a special permit law that only allows people to be vaccinated in public places, including restaurants, bars and theaters, will be put to a vote next month.

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More restrictions in European countries

As the Omigran variant of the corona virus spreads around the world before the New Year, governments are implementing various emergency measures to control this plague. Some have immediately re-imposed restrictions, while others are still exploring ways to deal with the need for people to live in peace during the holidays.

In the UK, cases of highly contagious variant of the corona virus have reached new heights, Health Secretary Sajid Javed said on Monday, adding that no further restrictions will be implemented in the UK before the New Year, but “when the New Year comes, we will”. Let’s see if we can take extra action.

The number of new infections in that country is 100,000 daily, and the number of hospital admissions at Christmas is 70% higher than the previous week.

However, in other parts of the UK, nightclubs were ordered to close and meeting limits were imposed in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, leaving the country divided over how to deal with the crisis.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands has already closed all non-essential shops, restaurants and bars and extended the school holidays, which often equate to a new lock.

In Belgium, new activities came into effect on weekends and Mondays: shopping in large groups was banned, and cinemas and concert halls were closed in the middle of the year-end season.

In Greece, authorities announced additional controls against the corona virus on Monday after reporting 9,284 confirmed infections in a single day, the highest number since the outbreak began.

From January 3, Health Minister Thanos Flavris announced that the mandatory use of dual or high-security masks will be imposed on supermarkets and on public transport.

In addition, recreation centers will be closed at midnight, football stadium capacity will be reduced to 10%, planned changes in distance work and the public sector will be expanded, and only those with a negative PCR test will be allowed to visit seniors’ shelters. .

“The Omigron variant is now evident across the country, especially in the inner city of Athens with a significant increase in cases,” Flavris said.

He added that the new regulations would come into effect after the New Year, and if implemented earlier, they would lead to an increase in personal encounters.

(With information from AP and EFE)