Corona pandemic: How are the numbers developing elsewhere?



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As of: 01/19/2022 3:31 p.m

There were more than 100,000 new corona cases in Germany. For some neighbors, the numbers rose even more dramatically. For example, France, which has fewer residents, reported nearly 500,000 cases. Elsewhere the numbers are falling. An overview of selected states.

France

In France, the health authorities registered almost half a million new infections on Tuesday. According to official data, around 465,000 proven cases of infection were recorded within one day – more than ever since the beginning of the pandemic and a massive increase compared to the previous day, when 102,000 new infections were reported. 288 more people died in hospitals related to the corona virus. In total, there are more than 100,000 deaths.

However, the number of patients in intensive care units is declining. It is still controversial in the country whether strict government requirements for vaccination help against the number of infections. President Emmanuel Macron makes no secret of the fact that he wants to put pressure on the unvaccinated, while opponents of corona policy regularly mobilize on the streets. To date, around 75 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

Italy

In Italy, the Ministry of Health reported around 228,000 new infections within one day. The day before it was 83,403. This results in a seven-day incidence of 2060. However, according to the ministry, significantly more people were tested for the corona virus: around 1.48 million after a good 541,000 tests the day before.

The number of deaths related to the virus rose by 434 (previous day 287) to 141,825. This is the second highest figure in Europe after the UK and the ninth highest in the world. Nevertheless, the government’s course in the fight against pandemics is being discussed intensively in the country, after compulsory vaccination for over 50-year-olds was introduced at the end of the year and severe restrictions on public life apply to all those who are not vaccinated.

Spain

In Spain, on the other hand, the number of new infections fell – for the first time since the beginning of the omicron wave two and a half months ago. The health authorities recorded more than 94,400 cases of infection within one day on Tuesday. That is 3,306 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, fewer than two weeks ago, when 3,397 cases were registered. This is the first drop since November 2nd.

The seven-day rate dropped even more, to 1,522 out of 1,657 cases per 100,000 people. 80.5 percent of Spain’s 47 million inhabitants are fully vaccinated. The country’s government is now thinking about treating the corona virus like flu, i.e. like a recurring illness.

Great Britain

Britain on Tuesday recorded around 94,300 new infections and a seven-day incidence of 981. 440 people have died in connection with the virus. This value is comparatively high for Great Britain, while the number of new infections is declining overall and is well below the value of the past week. The government now wants to withdraw some measures, such as the obligation to wear masks and the recommendation to work at home. Prime Minister Boris Johnson cites scientists who believe the peak of the omicron wave has passed.

Poland

On Tuesday, the number of new infections in Poland was just under 20,000 – that was almost double the previous day. The government expects that the peak of the current wave will be reached in mid-February and could then be between 60,000 and 120,000 new infections. 377 people died related to the disease – 300 of them were unvaccinated. In Poland, with its 38 million inhabitants, only 56.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Austria

In Austria, with its almost nine million inhabitants, the spread of the omicron variant is driving new infections to a record high. Chancellor Karl Nehammer said at noon that there were “almost 30,000 new infections”. The number is “terrifyingly high”. However, the number of seriously ill patients treated in the intensive care units continues to decline. In the normal wards, on the other hand, bed occupancy is increasing again.

Denmark

On Tuesday, Denmark reported more than 31,000 new corona infections in one day for the first time since the pandemic began. The seven-day incidence was 3219.9. At the end of November, the daily number of new infections was around 5000. Health Minister Magnus Heunicke pointed out, however, that the high number of infections is not reflected in the number of hospital admissions. The government had decided to relax some of its corona policy last week, although the number of new infections had already risen sharply.

South Africa

South Africa, where the omicron variant first appeared, now has comparatively few new infections. Most recently, around 3700 cases were reported, bringing the seven-day incidence to 50.7. The trend is clearly downwards compared to December, when there were a total of 490,000 new infections and the word “wall” instead of “wave” made the rounds.

USA

According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of new infections on Tuesday was more than one million. The previous record was reached on January 10 with more than 1.3 million new infections. The seven-day incidence on Tuesday was 1,563.2 and the number of deaths was 1,896. The US government is particularly concerned about the sluggish development of the vaccination rate. It is around 64 percent. The Biden administration’s plan to introduce compulsory vaccination in larger companies and in the health sector was partially stopped by the US Supreme Court a few days ago.


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