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The UK, faced with a meteoric spread of the Omicron variant, recorded more than 122,000 additional COVID-19 cases on Friday, a new record since the start of the pandemic. & nbsp ;
The country, one of the most affected in Europe by the pandemic, has recorded 137 additional deaths in 24 hours – to reach a total of 147,857 -, but also 1,171 hospitalizations, marking an acceleration while this data, closely monitored, remained little changed for the time being.
Each nation in the UK is responsible for health matters. So far, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have announced tougher restrictions to come into effect after Christmas.
For England, Boris Johnson's government delays, relying in particular on studies showing a lower risk of hospitalization with the Omicron variant compared to the dominant Delta until recently.
The authorities fear, however, that despite a risk of severe form more low, the number of cases is so high that it puts insurmountable pressure on the hospital system.
Welcoming these studies as “a beacon of hope for Christmas”, the director of the British health security agency Jenny Harries explained that the authorities were monitoring for their decisions the impact of the epidemic on hospitals, but also on the society as a whole and especially on the workforce.
In London one in 20 people had COVID-19 a week ago, according to estimates. Many sectors are now hit hard, leading to business closures and cancellations in transport. & Nbsp;
More than 94,000 cases in France in 24 hours, a new record
France crossed the threshold of 94,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday evening, Christmas Eve, a threshold never reached since the start of the epidemic in March 2020, according to figures published by Public Health France.
94,124 new cases were recorded in 24 hours, under the effect of the fifth wave which intensifies carried by the variant Omicron, much more contagious. & nbsp;
Over the last seven days, the average was 66,417 cases.
The previous record dates back to Thursday when more than 91,000 cases had been recorded. We have to go back to the peak of the 2nd wave, in November 2020, to find such levels (86,852).
Thousands of French people rushed to pharmacies on Friday to get tested in order to hope to pass Christmas with the family. & Nbsp;
Pressure also continues to mount on critical care services, which number 3,254 patients compared to 3,208 on Tuesday, with 316 new admissions. & Nbsp;
16,173 people are hospitalized against 16,060 the day before. & Nbsp;
The number of deaths since the start of the epidemic has reached 122,462, or 169 more than the day before.
Since then the start of the vaccination campaign in France, 52,686 people received at least one injection (i.e. 78.1% of the total population) and 51,585,838 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 76.5% of the total population). & Nbsp;
And since the start of the booster campaign, 21,933,063 people have received an additional dose. & Nbsp;