Omicron drives COVID-19 records higher in multiple countries
Several countries including France and Italy are reporting new daily record highs for COVID-19, mainly due to the more transmissible Omicron variant, as nations brace for fresh surges in the wake of holiday gatherings.
Officials imposed a limit on large indoor and outdoor gatherings over the next 3 weeks, along with stepped-up mask requirements and more work-from-home requirements, according toReuters. Other steps include requiring proof of vaccination—not including a negative test—for the planned vaccine pass and narrowing the booster-dose interval from 6 to 4 months after the primary series.
Italy on Christmas Day reported its third record daily high in a row, with54,762 new cases.