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.

Record-breaking days in France, Italy, Australia

French government officials announced more restrictions today, with cases above 100,000 a day and at record daily highs.

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 to Reuters. 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, with 54,762 new cases.



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