COVID in Europe: France under a “tidal wave” of new infections

WHO Headquarters, Geneva (Parliament Politics Magazine): The World Health Organisation has warned that more than half of the European population could be infected by the highly communicable Omicron variant within the coming two months. It states it’s too early to treat the virus as a flu.

France is among many other European countries to report record numbers of coronavirus infections caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

On Tuesday, health officials in neighbouring Italy declared a record number of new cases, more than doubling the number declared the day before.

Turkey reported the number of cases is fast increasing, with over 74,000 new infections reported just yesterday.

‘Such figures never seen before.’

In the past 24 hours, France has seen over 360,000 new COVID-19 cases, putting it at the top of an unfortunate list.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, France is now the world’s second-largest source of daily confirmed new cases, following the United States.

It was a “tidal wave of infections,” according to Olivier Véran,

“Since the start of the health crisis, we’ve never seen such data. It’s the equivalent of a tidal wave. The term refers to the contamination numbers, with 22,000 patients admitted to hospitals with COVID-19, 3,900 in intensive care units “Véran’s informed.

Health officials in Italy are urging people to get vaccinated.

“The vaccine is the active method in our arsenal that assures the least harm to infected people, as well as fewer admissions to hospitals and, even more importantly, fewer admissions to ICU” said the director of the Cremona Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, Enrico Storti.

Omicron will be dominating, according to Turkey‘s health minister.

Turkey as well has reported a significant increase in cases like France and Italy, reporting 74,226 new cases on Tuesday.

The new numbers were just around 20,000 in late December.

Omicron will become dominant in the coming weeks, according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The last time this degree of infection was witnessed was at the end of April 2021, when Turkey issued its most severe lockdown.

Turkey has so far administered 137 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines — including nearly 19 million booster shots. Around 60% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, and 83,74% have received two doses.

The total death toll from the virus is 83,980, according to official statistics.

The rapid growth in new cases due to the Omicron variant is a story that most of Europe is currently experiencing, with the ability to cope resting on vaccine availability and take up.