The highly contagious Omicron mutant strain has been siege the world, not only causing a surge in confirmed cases and tightening of government control measures, but it may also cause global people to celebrate the New Year’s and New Year holidays and family reunions like last year. It’s the same.
The National Football League (NFL) announced on Friday (December 17) that due to the surge in confirmed cases of the new crown among players and the spread of the Omi Keron mutant strain in the United States, the three games this weekend will be postponed to next week; The famous New York “Rockettes” Christmas dance performances have been cancelled throughout the season; and the governments of many European countries have re-taken strict epidemic control measures, which forced many Europeans to cancel their plans to travel during the holiday season.
The first mutant strain of Omi Keron discovered in South Africa made the world where the original epidemic prevention work made significant progress once again like a big enemy. Scientists currently have limited understanding of this mutant strain, but the only certainty is that its infectivity is much greater than that of the previous Delta strain. It is also the chief culprit that caused the continuous surge in confirmed cases worldwide and put tremendous pressure on hospitals and medical staff around the world.
The Biden administration is still unwilling to announce any new control measures, but it has tried its best to persuade Americans who are still unwilling to get vaccinated to complete the vaccination as soon as possible.
“For those who have not been vaccinated, you will see you and your family get seriously ill or die throughout the winter, and the hospital will be overwhelmed,” the White House Coordinator for COVID-19 Response Jeff Zients warned Friday Say. President Biden issued a similar warning earlier this week.
According to the Associated Press report, Omi Keron caused the most severe surge in the epidemic in New York. New York City’s single-day confirmed cases hit a record high of 8,300 on Thursday. However, the hospitalization rate and death rate are so far lower than the highest point last spring and much lower than this time last year.
The Associated Press quoted Professor Stanley Weiss, an epidemiologist at Rutgers University, as saying that government officials should respond to the epidemic faster, such as redefining complete vaccination and including the third dose of booster. The scope of vaccination.
“Everyone hopes that we can get through this pandemic as soon as possible, but in order for us to get through this epidemic, we cannot ignore the reality of what is happening and what needs to be done,” Weiss said.
In response to the spread of the epidemic, Denmark has decided to close theaters, concert halls, casinos and museums; in Spain, friends and classmates have cancelled traditional year-end dinners.
Scotland and Wales announced on Friday that they would provide several million pounds in funding to stores affected by the epidemic. This has increased the pressure on the Boris Johnson government to take similar measures in England.
The number of confirmed cases in the UK this week hit a record high for three consecutive days, with more than 93,000 confirmed cases on Friday.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s chief minister, said on Friday that financial assistance to businesses must come from the central government in London, because only the central government has the ability to borrow money to implement subsidies of this magnitude.
“Businesses are already bleeding, killing every 24 hours,” Sturgeon said at a press conference in Edinburgh. “There is no time to waste.”
The strengthening of epidemic prevention and control measures has the greatest impact on European tourism and travel.
Eurostar, which operates high-speed trains connecting the UK and the European continent, sold out tickets from the UK to France on Friday before the UK’s order to restrict entry and exit from the UK took effect. The parking lot of the Anglo-French Undersea Tunnel was filled with long queues of motorists hoping to cross the tunnel.
Even in China, which has always adopted a “zero tolerance” policy for viruses and epidemics regardless of cost, the epidemic has rebounded in Zhejiang and other places. There have been several confirmed cases of Omi Keron mutant strain in China.
As China will soon start the large-scale Spring Festival travel around the country around the Spring Festival, Beijing, Guangxi and other places have encouraged people on Friday to also “Celebrate the New Year in situ” like last year during the Spring Festival in order to reduce the flow of people and minimize the risk of clustering. Beijing must also strictly control large-scale theatrical performances, exhibitions and sales promotion, sports events and other gathering activities in accordance with the principle of “non-essential and non-hosting”, reduce offline activities, and advocate online group worship.
Liang Wannian, head of the expert group of the China National Health Commission’s Leading Group for Epidemic Response and Handling Work, said at a press conference in Beijing on Saturday that during the Spring Festival travel period, the current control policies must be strictly implemented for key areas and key populations, and prevention and control cannot be changed because of the Spring Festival. Measures; while high-risk groups, such as the elderly, patients with chronic diseases, and pregnant women, minimize unnecessary travel and gathering; and for medium- and high-risk areas (such as border ports, areas where major activities are performed, etc.), more stringent control measures must be taken .