Global COVID infections break records and reach 1.3 million in 24 hours


Geneva, Dec 30 (EFE) .- The world registered 1.35 million infections by covid-19 in the past 24 hours, a daily figure never seen before and that exceeds the previous record by 40%, according to provisional figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).
This strong increase seems to be associated with the boom in the omicron variant, considerably more contagious than the delta, although the WHO said Wednesday that it is the combination of the two that is causing the current “tsunami of cases.”
The current wave is the fourth globally experienced in the pandemic this year, after those that had their peaks in January, April and August, these more associated with variants such as alpha (first detected in the United Kingdom) or delta (in India).
However, the current wave is the first in 2021 that does not seem to be associated with an increase in deaths from covid-19, which could be linked to the higher vaccination rate in many countries affected by the omicron variant.
The daily deaths currently range between 4,000 and 8,000, and the curve for this indicator has remained stable since the beginning of October.

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