The 3 European countries where Covid cases are higher than UK
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The vast spread of the Omicron variant in the UK has led to the reintroduction of restrictions in all parts of the UK, and caused fears that yet another lockdown could be on the way. But parts of Europe are currently faring worse than the UK, which has recorded 2,649 cases per million people on Friday.
As of Friday, January 6, Ireland has reported a seven day average of 4,020 cases per million people.
There were 23,817 cases confirmed on Thursday – the highest daily figure to date.
Luckily, deaths remain low and a way off the peak of 220 deaths recorded in April 2020.
The rise in cases has led to new restrictions, such as mandatory mask wearing at large indoor events and limiting indoor gatherings at home to no more than three households.
Despite the high prevalence, the Government has announced no more restrictions will be coming into place.
The Irish government said in a statement on Wednesday the situation “continues to give rise to significant concern”, but that the “rapid pace of the vaccination program has been central in offsetting the impact of the Omicron wave of the disease.”
Government figures show 2.3 million booster doses had been given by January 5 – equating to 55 percent of the eligible population.
Green currently has one of the highest prevalences of coronavirus in Europe, with a seven day average of 3,468 cases per million people as of January 6.
Some 50,000 new cases and 61 deaths were reported on Tuesday.
By Thursday, the figure had declined to 33,716 – but deaths rose to 70.
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According to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 66.3 percent of the adult population in Greece is fully vaccinated.
Omicron now makes up 90 percent of all Covid cases in Greece.
This week, Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris said provisional data showed, so far, no patients with confirmed Omicron had been admitted to intensive care in hospital.
However, data showed that 593 Covid-19 patients had been admitted to Greek hospitals on Thursday.
As of January 6, Denmark recorded a seven-day-average of 3,334 Covid cases per million people.
On Friday, 18,261 new cases were reported and 755 people were admitted to hospitals, with 10 deaths.
Nearly 80 percent of Danes have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, and more than half have received a booster.
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