Spain is handling the highest ever of several coronavirus infections, with some nations deeming further curbs on social life before the end of the year. Revising pandemic figures for the first time in four days, health authorities noted 214,619 new cases late on Monday, bringing the 14-day national caseload to a pandemic record level of 1,206 new infections per 100,000 residents. At the height of the January rise, which until now was the one that infected most people in Spain, the rate had risen to 900. The explosive spike is primarily because of the omicron variant, which scientists say circulates faster than prior strains although the volume of infected patients who require hospital care is proportionally limited than in prior surges. The explosive spike is largely blamed on the omicron variant, which scientists say spreads faster than previous strains although the number of infected patients who need hospital care is proportionally less than in previous surges.
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“We are prohibiting standing concerts, and the consumption of food and drinks will be prohibited in all cinemas, theatres, sports facilities, and public transportation, including long-distance trips,” the French PM explained. Official data exhibits that 7.5% of Spanish hospital beds and 18% of intensive care units are dealing with COVID-19 patients. Authorities noted 120 new deaths since Dec. 23. In reply to the rising caseload, some Spanish nations are presently deeming restrictions they withstood only a week ago when authorities only imposed mandatory mask-wearing outdoors. The northern areas of Navarra, Aragon, and Cantabria, among others, are now limiting nightlife, imposing curfews or deeming caps on members of several households permitted to assemble. The omicron variant has been on the rise in many countries and has affected countless lives.