The Omicron Strain Caused A “Tsunami” Of The COVID-19 In Europe

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Due to the spread of the Omicron strain of the COVID-19, the number of new cases in a single day in many European countries has increased exponentially, reaching the highest record since the outbreak. Experts from many countries said that due to insufficient testing and lagging statistics, the actual data may be larger than the official data.

The latest report issued by the British Emergency Science Advisory Group stated that there are currently “hundreds of thousands” of new Omicron infections in England every day, far exceeding the official report. Due to the lag in reporting, the number of hospitalized cases currently observed in the UK due to the Omicron strain may be only one-tenth of the actual number. In addition, due to the accelerated spread of the virus, there has been a shortage of testing reagents and the unavailability of testing sites in the UK recently.

The Robert Koch Institute, a German disease control agency, pointed out on December 31, 2021, that the recent public holiday coincides with the estimated number of tests and statistics lagging. Therefore, relevant data may not fully reflect the COVID-19.

A large number of suspected cases have recently appeared in Madrid, Spain, and public hospitals have been congested for testing. It will take 5 days for the test applied for on December 30, 2021, to be processed, and public hospitals have been left unanswered for a long time.

Finland has recently started to require inbound passengers to present a negative test certificate for the COVID-19, but border security experts said that due to a large number of passengers, it is impossible to check each person’s certificate and can only be spot-checked based on “risk assessment”. The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare stated on December 30, 2021, that due to data transmission problems, the newly reported epidemic data in recent days are incomplete, and the problem has just been resolved.