The US and France have once again reported the highest single-day rise in Covid cases led by the spread of the more contagious Omicron variant.
A day after the world saw the biggest wave of coronavirus cases, the United States and France also reported a record single-day increase in infections amid a warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) of a Covid tsunami. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has expressed concern over an increase in Covid19 cases around the world. Dr. Ghebreyesus said he was concerned about the combination of the Omicron and Delta variants of the coronavirus to produce a “tsunami” of cases.
According to WHO data, the number of recorded Covid19 cases worldwide increased by 11% last week (December 2026) compared to the previous week. average of over 265,000 per day, an increase largely due to the highly contagious variant of omicron. New cases per day have more than doubled in the past two weeks, eclipsing the old threshold of 250,000 set in mid-January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University. The mutant version of the rapidly spreading virus has cast a shadow over Christmas and New Years, forcing communities to cut back or cancel vacations just weeks after it looked like Americans were about to enjoy a season almost normal vacation.
Flights were canceled due to staff shortages attributed to the virus.Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States, said Wednesday there was no need to cancel small home gatherings of vaccinated and resuscitated families and friends. FRANCE SAYS STRONGEST INCREASE IN CASES France is witnessing a “tsunami” of Covid19 infections, with 2.08,000 cases reported in the past 24 hours, a new national and European record, said Wednesday. Minister of Health Olivier Veran to lawmakers. France has repeatedly broken infection records in recent days, with 180,000 cases on Tuesday already the highest for a country in Europe, according to data from Covidtracker.fr. This means that 24 hours a day, day and night, every second in our country, two French people are diagnosed positive, ”said Véran.
“We have never experienced such a situation,” he said, describing the increase in the number of cases as “dizzying.” Several European countries, including France, Greece, Great Britain and Spain, have Also reported record high counts this week, prompting a ban on music during New Year’s celebrations in Greece and a new effort to encourage vaccination by French authorities.