Many European countries are returning to measures that have already been lifted.
In the face of the tsunami of infections, as described by the French health minister, the use of masks on the streets of Paris will be mandatory again from Friday. The fine is 135 euros for those who do not wear a mask.
The French capital has an infection rate of 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but Ómicron is making the numbers soar across the country.
The UK recorded a new spike in infections again. With more than 10,000 admissions, a number not seen since March, field hospitals are being rebuilt.
In Germany, where the government believes cases are underreported because fewer tests are taken or results are not reported, restrictive measures have been imposed, such as closing nightclubs or meetings limited to two people if they have not been vaccinated.
In India, many cities are under night curfews and the authorities are trying unsuccessfully to ban residential gatherings. In Goa, a former Portuguese colony, beaches and clubs are filled with interesting people.
In Australia, the escalation of infections is making the government fear the effects of preventive isolation on the economy.
The sudden change of rules divided Australian doctors. There are those who do not share the government’s optimism and fear the rise in the number of cases and the increase in the number of those accepted.
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