Covid today, last hour live | EMA does not consider the Covid endemic and asks to take serious omicron

The Government and the Autonomous Communities return to address this Wednesday the evolution of the pandemic in the Interiorritional Health Council with the ope

Covid today, last hour live |
 EMA does not consider the Covid endemic and asks to take serious omicron

The Government and the Autonomous Communities return to address this Wednesday the evolution of the pandemic in the Interiorritional Health Council with the open debate on whether the Coronavirus should already be addressed with a protocol similar to the common flu, the imminent stop at the price of The antigenic tests and possible advances in the vaccination of new population groups.

In the middle of the debate on approaching Coronavirus as a flu, Spain has exceeded 3,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants of cumulative incidence (3,042), with 134,942 new positives and a hospital pressure on the plant (13.3%) and in ICU (23 , 5%) that continues to compromise little by little as the transmission progresses. Catalonia (43,500 cases), the Community of Madrid (20.195) and the Valencian Community (16,364) are at the top of new positives on the last day.

The global cases of COVID-19 increased by 55% last week, and the wave of contagion associated with the omicron variant begins to hit new regions such as South Asia, where the positives were shot 418% in that period, according to The World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

In its weekly epidemiological report, the organization shows that the current wave of contagions remains in strong growth although it continues without being accompanied by similar growth in deaths, which from 3 to 9 January increased only 3% at a global level (43,000).

Europe, Epicenter In the last weeks of the wave, was the region where the contagions grew less in the period studied (31%, 7.1 million more), while in America rose 78% (6.1 million), in the Middle East 86% (200,000) and East Asia 122% (732,000).

In Africa, continent where the omicron variant was detected for the first time at the beginning of November, cases last week fell by 11% (700,000).

Countries with more cases last week were the United States (4.6 million, 73% more than in the previous seven days), France (1.6 million, 46% more), United Kingdom (1.2 million, 10% more), Italy (1.01 million, 57% more) and India (638,000 cases, an increase of 524%).

The omicron variant, which had only been detected in 1.6% of the global cases analyzed in laboratories, is already present at 58.5% of those analyzes, so it has exceeded the Delta and has been Become the dominant worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

The weekly epidemiological report published today by WHO shows that of the more than 357,000 analyzes performed by the GISAID Global Labor Network in the last 30 days more than 208,000 detected the omicron variant.

On the other hand, 147,000 (41%), corresponded to the Delta variant, which in the previous result of weeks still concentrated 96% of the cases and was the main dominant strain for much of the year 2021.

The report highlights that the omicron variant is capable of "evading immunity", since there is transmission even between vaccinated and people who had previously exceeded the disease and had developed antibodies.

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) has warned that the SARS-COV-2 omicron variant shows that the virus "remains pandemic" and not endemic yet, and urged to think about a long-term vaccination strategy because they can not be "Give reinforcing doses every three or four months" in the future.

The epidemiological situation in Europe "is still very worrying", with high figures of contagions, both with the Delta variant and the omicron, said Marco Cavaleri, the Head of Vaccination Strategy, who urged completing the primary schedule of vaccination and receiving the dose Reinforcement when it is appropriate.

At the first press conference of the year, EMA stressed that, although omicron "seems to be more contagious than other variants", preliminary data show "a lower risk of hospitalizations in a contagion" with this variant, which is estimated at "between one third and half the risk as with Delta ".

But the effectiveness against symptomatic disease is "less" than with other variants and "tends to decrease over time", which can cause more people vaccinated to develop Covid-19 with omicron.

As a consequence, Cavaleri asked the European countries "to be aware of their potential cargo (especially the hospital) and not relegate it to a slight disease" by the data suggesting that omicron could cause mild COVID-19.

Updated Date: 12 January 2022, 01:13

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