However, the increase in COVID-19 infection rates in England in the past week was driven by the dominant Delta variant rather than Omicron.
According to Reuters statistics, there have been more than 75 million coronavirus cases in Europe as the region is preparing for the new Omicron variant, and at this time hospitals in some countries are already nervous due to the current surge.
The Office for National Statistics said that the increase in COVID-19 infection rates in England in the past week was driven by the dominant Delta variant rather than Omicron.
At the same time, according to Reuters calculations based on official statistics in October, Russia’s COVID-19 death toll reached at least 578,020, ranking third in the world.
In the Netherlands, health authorities said they were concerned that some passengers who had arrived from South Africa in the past week tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival, even though they had been vaccinated before the flight and tested negative.
The South African Minister of Health said that in South Africa, the country is suffering from the fourth wave of infections caused by the new variant, which has been detected in seven of the country’s nine provinces.
In the United States, at least 9 states have reported Omicron variants, including Utah, Missouri, and Nebraska, where at least 6 cases have been reported.
Here are the latest updates on Saturday:
Utah reports the state’s first confirmed case of Omicron variant of COVID-19
The US state health department said on Friday that Utah had reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by a variant of Omicron.
“This case was discovered through continuous genetic sequencing of COVID-19 positive samples by the Utah Public Health Laboratory,” the state health department said on social media.
Omicron variants are now reported in at least nine U.S. states.
The State of Missouri reports the first Omicron variant
According to the Missouri Department of Health, a St. Louis resident in Missouri who had recently traveled domestically discovered the first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Earlier, Nebraska also reported the Omicron variant after detecting six confirmed cases of highly infectious strains.
Canada reports 12 new cases of Omicron variants
Public health officials said that a total of 12 cases of COVID-19, a new variant of Omicron, have been detected in Canada, and the trend of serious diseases across the country may start to rise again.