According to report released on Wednesday, South Africa could shed hope about the strain of Omicron coronavirus, but officials warned that it was too soon to conclude definitive conclusions, because the strain spread across the globe.
During the second Christmas of the Pandemie days it was clear the countries had new restrictions to their citizens while taking the burden off the effects of the variant could affect their economy.
In spite of the uncertain circumstances, planning for Christmas parties and celebrations was destroyed from London to New Delhi.
Omicron was first detected last month in Africa and Hong Kong. Preliminary data showed it was more resistant to vaccines developed before its discovery.
A report from the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) suggested that those who are infected with Omicron are a lot less likely to be in hospital than those with the Delta strain.
Report said that the COVID-19 cases presumably happened in the south-east of Africa's Gauteng province.
The study, which hasn't been peer-reviewed, compared the South African Omicron data from October and November with data about Delta from April November.
"In South Africa, this is the epidemiology: Omicron is acting less severe," said Professor Cheryl Cohen of the NICD.
"Formally, our data suggest an impressive story of a reduced severity of Omicron over all other variants."
I think that despite the fact that many people in South Africa have had a pre-COVID-19 infection, they can have higher immunity.
The evidence from the Imperial College in London showed that the risk of having to stay in the hospital was 40-40 to 45 percent lower than in patients with Omicron.
But Maria van Kerkhove, the official of the World Health Organization on COVID-19, said the U.S. agency doesn't have enough data to draw definitive conclusions.
The data was still "messy," she told a briefing in Geneva.
"We haven't seen this variant circulate long enough in populations around the world, certainly in vulnerable populations. We asked countries to be cautious and really think, especially as holidays are coming up."
Hans Kluge, the European Head of the WHO in Brussels told Reuters that one to four weeks must be made to reprimand Omicron. He said that the aforementioned strain would likely be the main coronavirus strain in Europe in a few weeks.
Today, in Britain, more than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to be reported for the first time since the widespread test started. Many industries were squandered by staff shortages due to employee shortages.
In the last 24 hours, France reported 84 272 new COVID-19 infections close to its all-time high.
"I think Europe is again the epicentre of the global pandemic." Yes, I'm very concerned, but there is no reason to panic." It's bad news, we know what to do," said Kluge.
In recent days, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands and South Korea have reimposed partial or full lockdowns or other social distancing measures.
German health minister said he hadn't ruled out a full lockdown.
Italy is looking for new measures and possibly make it mandatory for all forms of workers, said Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
In response to a package that targeted at avoiding the danger of a mosquito, Spain added that its face mask will should be lifted when you get to the shower. In contrast, the prime minister promised the citizens that "do not worry, families can celebrate Christmas."
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the seven days average of COVID-19 deaths increased 25% to about 149,300 cases per day.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden warned the quarter of American adults who are unvaccinated that their choices could spell the "divorce between life and death".
In Asia, New Delhi banned Christmas and other events before New Year's.
The city of Xian, known as the Terracotta Warriors, told its 13 million residents to stay at home as it tried to contain a rising COVID-19 death case.
The policymakers in the world are trying to address the economic blow that could be caused by new outbreaks.
However, Wall Street saw a large rally on Wednesday, after a hopeful news from Omicron on the worst and most of the consumer's confidence and other economic data.
More than 275 million people are being infected worldwide, and nearly 5,7 million have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases in Central China in December were identified in February 2019.
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