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India’s COVID-19 cases are rising as parts of Europe ease restrictions

India's COVID-19 cases are rising as parts of Europe ease restrictions

Daily COVID-19 cases in India have risen well above 200,000 today, reaching their highest level since last spring as some countries in Europe affected early by the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) considered some restrictions to relax.

COVID spread in all Indian states

The number of cases in India has increased fivefold in a month, fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, with the virus spreading in all states and Mumbai and Delhi as major hotspots, according to Reuters.

The country is bracing for another wave of COVID-19 activity following the catastrophic Delta wave. So far, the country reports fewer hospitalizations and deaths, similar to Omicron patterns in other countries.

Health officials in India have relaxed some COVID-19 rules, such as mandatory testing for most contacts, in an effort to focus resources on the highest-risk groups and ease the burden on healthcare facilities, according to an analysis by Reuters.

Hospital situations guiding decisions by country

While much of Europe is experiencing intense COVID-19 spikes, with activity shifting from west to east, some previously affected countries are considering easing some restrictions.

The The Netherlands, which went into lockdown before Christmas to contain the spread of the virus, said some non-essential businesses will be able to reopen on a limited basis from January 15 and colleges will reopen.

Pressure on hospitals has improved, but brisk COVID-19 activity is still underway.

Elsewhere, the Danish government announced yesterday that COVID-19 restrictions will begin to ease tomorrow, with cinemas and music venues reopening amid falling hospital rates, according to Reuters. The country also joined a small group of countries recommending the fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses for people at high risk for disease complications.

More global headlines

  • French teachers are remarkable on the government’s chaotic approach to managing COVID in schools.
  • AstraZeneca says it is early data show that a third dose helps boost the immune response to Omicron.
  • The global COVID-19 total has risen to 318,709,568 cases today, and 5,518,428 people have died from their infections, according to Johns Hopkins. online dashboard.

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