Covid is more common in these countries than in the U.S. and U.K.

Tourists visit the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

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The emergence of highly transmissible variants of omicron has witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases in countries around the world.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past 28 days, the United States and the United Kingdom have recorded the world’s most new virus cases.

However, there are a few countries where the prevalence of Covid-19 is higher than that of the United Kingdom and the United States. In the week ending on January 6, the United Kingdom and the United States recorded 2,664 and 1,810 cases per million people, respectively. Data Display.

These countries include Ireland, Greece and Denmark.


In the week ending January 5, 40 people died from the virus in Ireland. Although the number of cases in the past week hit a record high, the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Ireland is far from the peak of 220 deaths in April 2020. However, as the number of cases continues to surge, the number of hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise.

Government data shows that 2.3 million doses of booster have been vaccinated as of Thursday, which means 55% of eligible population I have been vaccinated with three Covid shots. At the same time, 77% of the population received the first two doses of vaccine.

Irish Health Officer Announced on Thursday The government will not implement further restrictions to ease the rising number of cases. The country has taken some measures, including mandatory wearing of masks, restrictions on large-scale indoor activities, and limiting family gatherings to no more than three families.

Back to December, Irish health officials revealed The omicron strain is now the main variant of Covid-19 in the country.

The Irish government said in a statement on Wednesday that the epidemiological situation “continues to cause major concerns” but that “the rapid pace of the vaccination program has been at the core of offsetting the impact of the Omicron disease wave.”


The prevalence of the virus in Greece is also high, with an average of 3,468 cases per million people recorded in the seven days during the week ending January 6.

Official data show that on Tuesday, the country reported a record daily increase of 50,126 new cases and 61 deaths. By Thursday, this number had dropped slightly to 33,716, while the daily death toll rose to 70.

According to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Greece, 66.3% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Greek Minister of Health Thanos Plevris said in an interview with a local radio station on Friday that temporary data showed that so far, no patients with omicron diagnosed in the hospital have been intubated.

He added that since the omicron variant has increased the pressure on the Greek capital hospital, measures are being taken to ensure that there are enough hospital beds in Athens.

Before his comment, officials announced at a press conference on Wednesday that more than 90% of the cases in Greece are now the new, highly disseminated variant of omicron.

Although Plevris said on Friday that omicron looks milder than the previous variant for the time being, he warned: “When we say omicron is milder than delta, it doesn’t mean it is milder.”

Data on Thursday showed that in the past 24 hours, 593 Covid-19 patients were sent to Greek hospitals.