Authorities worked to expand access to the Govt-19 tests and urged people to take precautionary measures. Omigron variant Spread rapidly in the United States, Europe and beyond.
New York City sent health inspectors Friday to check compliance Terms of its mask and vaccine. City officials said they would add test sites after the formation of long queues at some locations and double the capacity at existing locations. Health officials said Covit-19 positive ratio The city doubles in three days until Sunday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will distribute 500,000 quick, home trials and 1 million K95 masks with community organizations.
“This variation is moving fast. We need to move fast,” he said.
“It is growing at a much faster rate of cases than previous types of anxiety,” he said.
Omigron continued its rapid spread in the UK, with estimates doubling every 1.5 days in some parts of the country. Health officials in South Africa have reported a significantly lower Govt-19 hospital admission rate in epidemics, despite an increase in infections.
The developments follow the evidence in the United States Development of the Omigron variant. Data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dec. Omigron is responsible for 2.9% of Covid-19 cases nationwide in its first 11 weeks. Maximum concentration 13.1% In the region dominated by New York and New Jersey.
In South Africa, where the Omigran variant was first identified in November, officials said 1.7% of covid-19 cases were hospitalized in the current epidemic of dominant variants from the end of that month, compared with 19%. The same point of the third wave often caused by delta variation.
The number of hospital admissions has risen by 70% in the past week, but Health Minister Joe Pahla told a news conference on Friday that the number of positive cases among those admitted with another complaint was low.
Admissions are less severe, oxygen-ventilator is used less frequently than previous waves, and the rate of admission is lower in the upper and intensive care units.
Vasila Jazat, a public health expert at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, said the average length of stay for adults under 40 is now three to four days and for adults four to five days. The enrollment rate for children has also shrunk from 25% to less than 10% initially, he said, adding that many positive cases are accidental.
Taken together, South Africa has a high incidence of those who have had the Govt-19 vaccine or both. But Dr. Jassad warned that low severity could not be attributed to this yet, adding that further studies are needed to understand whether this variant is more or less malignant than previous strains. He said 93% of the deaths reported so far have occurred in those who have not been vaccinated or who have been partially vaccinated.
There are some indications that Gauteng, the country’s most populous province and the epicenter of the Omigron wave, may have already reached its peak. On Thursday, it recorded 27% of national infections, up from 70% 10 days ago.
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Michelle Groom, head of the public health department at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in South Africa, said:
Nevertheless, health officials elsewhere are not sure about the experience of being in South Africa in the summer. The north will be reflected in the winter Even if Omigran is less malignant, the number of patients can create problems in hospitals.
In the UK, more than 88,000 cases hit a new daily record on Thursday. Omigron is rapidly becoming a dominant variant. Health officials estimate that Omigron is responsible for more than 73% of cases in London as of Tuesday, and that the number of Omigran cases is expected to double every 1.5 days. Across the UK, 41% of all cases were estimated due to variance.
– Stephen Fitler contributed to this article.
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