The mutant Omicron cast a shadow over the Christmas holiday all over the world, especially on travelers, with the cancellation of thousands of flights, while it was announced that tens of thousands of flights were delayed between Friday and Sunday, in one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with many airlines approving that Increased Omicron Infections It led to a shortage of workers.
This affected all parts of the world, and the damage is expected to continue this week.
The highly contagious omicron mutant led to a high death toll New infections around the worldWhile some countries have re-imposed closure measures and canceled sports matches and social events, while governments, including the US government, are seeking to strengthen Covid tests and immunization campaigns.
Shortage of COVID-19 tests
For his part, Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief pandemic advisor, confirmed that the shortage of Covid-19 tests to detect infection in the United States will soon be resolved, at a time when the country is witnessing an increase in cases due to the mutant Omicron.
On the occasion of the end of the year holidays, the United States witnessed a great demand for examinations, especially those that are performed at home.
“One of the problems at the moment is that (tests) will not be available to everyone before January,” the epidemiologist told ABC.
Children in hospitals for treatment of COVID-19
And the health authorities in New York recorded an increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital for treatment of Covid-19.
And the New York State Department of Health said in a statement issued Friday that it is “closely monitoring the increasing rise in hospitalizations of children associated with COVID-19.”
She added that “the largest increase was recorded in New York City, where the number of hospitalizations quadrupled” between the fifth and the nineteenth of December. Half of these cases are for children under the age of five years, that is, they have not yet reached the age of vaccination.
Dozens of cruise ships stranded
This comes, while the US authorities on Sunday monitored dozens of cruise ships that recorded Covid-19 infections while sailing in the country’s waters, as it was reported that many Caribbean ports refused to allow them to dock.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that more than 60 cruise ships were placed under surveillance after “reported cases of Covid-19 exceeded the threshold that requires intervention.”
The Washington Post reported that many of these ships were unable to dock at their scheduled destinations due to the authorities’ refusal to give them permission, despite the fact that 95% of the passengers were vaccinated.
More than 5.39 million deaths worldwide
The Corona virus has caused the death of at least 5,395,400 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019.
Based on absolute numbers, the countries with the highest number of deaths are the United States, followed by India, Russia and Mexico.
Among the countries most affected, Peru is the country with the highest number of deaths relative to its population.
Europe is the region that currently records the highest number of deaths in the world, at 53% of the global total in the past seven days, followed by the United States of America / Canada (22%).
The World Health Organization, taking into account the high death rate directly or indirectly related to Covid-19, considers that the outcome of the epidemic may be two or three times greater than the officially announced outcome.