Where the Corona Omikron variant rages
Europe is the hotspot for the highly contagious virus variant Omikron. France, Denmark and Greece are the hardest hit.
Berlin. “Omikron will not be a wave, but a wall”, predicted virologists for weeks. The World Health Organization (WHO) now warns: by March, more than half of the European population will be with the highly infectious viral variant have infected. American expert Anthony Fauci goes even further: sooner or later everyone will be affected. An overview of the countries of Europewhere the number of new infections is highest.
Omikron: This is how common the variant is in France
The figures are dramatic: France recorded nearly 3,000 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week – the result of the rapid spread of Omikron. Despite this high incidence over seven days, the government and the population remain relatively calm. Hospitals are not yet overloaded. 4000 intensive care beds are included patients with Covid-19 proven. That’s 72% of all places available. As a rule, Omikron does not cause serious illnesses.
France has comparatively high vaccination rate. 92 percent of residents over the age of twelve are fully immunized, 45 percent have already received a booster. Schools, universities, sports and cultural institutions as well as restaurants and bars will remain open.
Yet the president wants Emmanuel Macron increase the pressure on those who oppose vaccination. A law similar to Germany’s 2G rule is due to come into force next week. Unvaccinated people should no longer be able to “break free” when they wish to visit a restaurant, café, cinema, theater or museum. The same goes for travel by train, long-distance bus or plane.
Denmark remains calm – even with 90% Omikron
The country has an incidence of just over 2,400 Hochrisikogebiet. More than 90 percent of the estimated 22,000 new infections are attributed to Omikron. But people remain calm. Denmark is vaccinating and testing what it takes – and hopes this strategy will soon put the pandemic behind it.
Professor Ole Olesen of the Institute of Public Health of the University of copenhagen is pretty sure “that during the months of January and February we will develop general immunity in the population of 80 to 90 percent”. Then Denmark could say goodbye to general coronavirus restrictions in a few months.
Greece tightened entry rules because of Omikron
Omikron has long since reached Greece which Impact is over 2100. According to the Department of Health, Omikron accounts for about 90 percent of new infections. Almost 70 percent of the population is doubly vaccinated. Vaccination is currently compulsory for all people over 60 years of age.
Entry rules have been tightened. As of January 10, all immigrants aged five and over must have a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test – even if they have been vaccinated or have recovered. This applies to restaurants, cinemas, museums 2G.
Switzerland: hospitalizations down despite Omikron
The incidence in Switzerland is above 2000. Two-thirds of the approximately 24,000 new infections every day are due to Omikron, and the trend is increasing rapidly. Despite the low vaccination rate of less than 70 percent, hospitals are not considered overloaded. 8.4% of hospital beds are occupied by corona patients The intensive care unit that’s over 30 percent. In Switzerland, too, Omikron has not led to a parallel increase in hospital admissions – they are currently declining.
2G has been in effect since December 20. Correct Vaccinated or convalescent are allowed inside restaurants, cultural, leisure and sports facilities.
Italy: staff shortage due to numerous new infections
In Italy, the incidence has climbed to around 2,000. As of this week, the 2G rule is in effect at hotels, convention centers, restaurants, ski lifts and public transport. Omikron now accounts for 70 percent of all infections. Two million Italians are in quarantine. This leads to considerable staff shortages in the public service and in the private sector.
On Monday, the recovery resumed in most of the 20 regions Schoolyards after winter break, but about ten percent of teachers were absent. The government has introduced compulsory vaccination for all Italians over the age of 50.
There are currently 1,677 Covid 19 patients in intensive care units. This corresponds to about 16% of all intensive care beds. The health system is weighed down by the many coronaviruses sick nurses. There is a lack of staff. Many employees who disagreed with the mandatory vaccination were suspended from their duties.
Spain relies on its high vaccination rate
The incidence in Spain has risen to over 1,720. Omikron causes up to 90 percent of all infections. At the start of the pandemic, Spain had the toughest containment in the EU. But at the height of the Omikron wave, Spain surprised with a extremely loose corona policy. Why? The country is relying on its vaccination quota: 80 percent have double the peak, the third highest quota in Europe. However, so far only 34% have been ‘boosted’.
The state and regional crisis conference only agreed to a controversial return of the Mask required outdoors, whether you are alone on the street or in a crowd. But there are no nationwide 2G or 3G rules, testing obligations, contact restrictions, or nightclub closures. Instead, the quarantine and testing policy has been relaxed.
Some regions, like Mallorca or the Canary Islands, have decided for themselves 3G Rules. The pressure is increasing in hospitals: 17,000 corona patients are treated as hospitalized patients, 24% of intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.
United Kingdom: successful recall campaign, reduced incidences
The Omikron wave caused the highest infection rates since the start of the pandemic. The incidence is above 1600. The numbers have increased because the government waived more stringent restrictions. In December, only the wearing of a mask and vaccination records were introduced for major events.
The health service has launched a turbo campaign to give millions of Britons a refresher. With some success: So far, more than 53 percent of the population have a third dose to receive. The peak of the wave seems to have already passed: the incidences remain high, but have been falling for a few days.