Omicron – Global Covid19 cases top 1 million mark for the second time
The Omicron variant of coronavirus has pushed the global cases of Covid19 to above one million for second straight day, a news agency reported. The first day when global tally topped the million mark was Monday. More than 1.44 million Covid19 cases were recorded across the world.
As Omicron spreads ever more gloom around the globe ahead of New Year’s Eve, governments are moving at different speeds to contain the scourge, with some reimposing restrictions immediately and others hesitating to spoil the party again.
The top U.S. infectious-disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, warned that with omicron, “it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” and he said authorities should seriously consider requiring that domestic airline passengers be vaccinated.
In England, the number of hospitalised patients rose by 74% in a week, reaching its highest level since mid-February. Walk-in slots for RT-PCR tests were not available across the country for a few hours on Monday, according to The Guardian.
Research by South African scientists suggests that Omicron could displace the Delta variant of the coronavirus because infection with the new variant boosts immunity to the older one.