US health experts urged Americans to prepare for serious disruptions in the coming weeks as the rising wave of COVID-19 cases led by the Omicron variant hospitals threatened, schools and other sectors that affect their daily lives.
“Next month is going to be a viral snowstorm,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, an expert on infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota, told MSNBC news channel. “This will put the whole of society under pressure.”
The warning came when the US reached a record high in COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day, based on the seven-day average, with more than 290,000 new infections reported each day, a Reuters news report reported showed.
The state of Hawaii on Thursday set an all-time record for nearly 3,500 new coronavirus cases.
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Pediatric hospitalizations in the US under Omicron, but not more serious
New Covid pediatric hospitalizations have reached a record high in the United States as children are increasingly dragged into Omicron’s lightning distribution.
Although experts are concerned and stress the need to increase vaccination among children, early indications are that the new variant’s rate of serious diseases may in fact be lower, and its extreme contagion is behind the rapid rise.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 199,000 children were reported with Covid-19 in the week ended Dec. 23, the last week for which data is currently available, and a 50 percent increase over numbers earlier in the month.
Health expert warns of increasing COVID pediatric hospitalization in New York
📍1 YEARS HIGH — Pediatrics # COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York are now at 1 year high. NY #Omicron ⬆️ was the earliest – with the expectation that many states will follow the same trajectory – with ~ 3 weeks behind. Parents must send children to school 🏫 with premium KN95 / KF94 masks and wax!
– Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) 30 December 2021
Canada’s Quebec announces curfew
Canada’s second most populous province has announced that a nightmare period will be implemented as coronavirus infections continue to increase.
Francois Legault, premier of Quebec, said the curfew rule from 22: 00-05: 00 EST will start on New Year’s Eve on Friday.
In addition, restaurants will no longer be allowed to serve personal meals, most private events will be banned, and all indoor sports activities will be suspended, among other things.
“Our experts tell us that there is a risk that we will not be able to treat everyone who needs it in the coming weeks. I know we are all tired, but it is my responsibility to protect [us] of this, ”Legault told reporters during a news conference.
New York’s Times Square show will continue, says the mayor
New York City will ring in Times Square in 2022 as planned despite record numbers of COVID-19 infections in the city, state and across the country, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
“We want to show that we are moving forward, and we want to show the world that New York City is fighting our way through this,” de Blasio, whose last day in office is Friday, told NBC’s “Today” program. .
After banning Times Square exposers from the pandemic a year ago, city officials have previously announced plans for a scaled-down New Year’s party with smaller crowds and vaccinations needed.
Premier League postpones 17th match this season
The Premier League has postponed an upcoming match between Leicester City and Norwich City – the 17th match of the season canceled due to COVID-19.
The league said on Thursday it was accepting a request from visiting side Norwich to postpone the match because the club did not have enough players available due to COVID-19 incidents and injuries.
The match was set for January 1st; the Premier League has not announced a new date for the match.
“The league is aware that recent decisions to postpone matches will disappoint fans, and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football matches,” the league said. said in a statement.
Following a request from Norwich, the Premier League board met today and unfortunately agreed to postpone the club’s away game against Leicester, which will be played on January 1 at 15:00.
– Premier League (@premierleague) 30 December 2021