On Monday, the UK reported 98,515 new COVID-19 cases and 143 deaths in the previous 24 hours (local time). According to official data released by the UK government, the country has recorded 763,295 infections and 742 deaths in the last seven days.
Following the emergence of the new variant, the UK has been reporting the highest single-day COVID-19 infections in the world for several days.
The Omicron variant is spreading throughout the country at an alarming rate. In response to the increasing number of cases, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom has announced that all adults are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 booster dose.
The booster protects you against becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 for a longer period of time, according to the NHS.
Meanwhile, the government of the United Kingdom is urging its citizens to get vaccinated. “We know that two jabs will not provide you with adequate protection against Omicron, so whether it is your first, second, or booster jab, I urge you to book an appointment right away,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet on Monday.
Johnson also urged people to be cautious in light of the rising number of Omicron cases, adding, “Most importantly, I urge everyone to get their first, second, or booster jab as soon as possible to protect yourselves and your loved ones.”
According to the Associated Press, the French government announced new COVID-19 measures on Monday in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus but stopped short of imposing drastic restrictions before New Year’s Eve.
Large events will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors beginning next week.
People will be asked to sit during concerts, and customers will not be allowed to stand in bars, according to a report by the Associated Press.
He also stated that eating and drinking will be prohibited in cinemas, theatres, sports venues, and public transportation, including long-distance routes. Working from home will be required at least three days per week for employees whose jobs allow it, and the new rules will be in effect for at least three weeks.
The French government took this action after, for the first time during the pandemic, the country recorded more than 100,000 virus infections in a single day.
President Emmanuel Macron reportedly held a special virus videoconference with key government members from his vacation home on the French Riviera, Fort de Bregancon.
The new measures, however, are less stringent than those implemented last December, when the country was subjected to a nightly curfew.
Meanwhile, the French government hopes to accelerate the country’s booster campaign by shortening the wait time from four to three months after the previous vaccine shot.
On Monday, it also introduced legislation to create a “vaccine pass,” which would allow only vaccinated people to enter public places such as restaurants, bars, and cinemas. The bill will be debated in the House of Commons next month.