COVID-19 and Omicron rise: How are countries around the world responding to the increasing cases? | UK News

With record numbers of daily infections in recent days, the UK is currently a hotspot for Omicron – but the latest COVID-19 variant has hit other countries around the world, too.

The US government’s chief medical officer Dr Anthony Fauci has called on Americans to get vaccinated, as densely populated areas such as New York City have seen a surge in cases, and some European countries have reintroduced stricter restrictions.

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According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the UK has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Europe – 436,870 – in the last seven days.

Here’s what the COVID situation looks like around the world.

United States

The first Omicron case was detected in the US on 1 December and since then numbers have increased by 40%.

Several large events have been cancelled or postponed, with three NFL matches delayed after outbreaks. The National Hockey League was also forces to cancel…

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