The number of infections with the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) has exceeded the threshold of 300 million and 800 thousand infections, as some countries recorded record numbers in the number of infections, especially with the outbreak of the highly contagious Omicron mutant, and while Germany plans to impose new restrictions, the pandemic is orphaned 100,000 children in Peru.

And the latest figures - according to the World Meter website, which specializes in monitoring the latest developments in the epidemic - indicate that the number of infected people today, Friday, at 7:30 local time, reached 300 million and 882 thousand and 620 injured, while the number of deaths reached 5 million and 490 thousand and 390 deaths.

The mutant Omicron has become the most widespread in the world (Getty Images)

Numbers and injuries

The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of deaths may be 2-3 times higher, taking into account the excess number of epidemic-related deaths.

The United States - which two days ago recorded more than a million injuries in a world record - topped the number of injuries with 59,564 thousand and 116 injuries, while the number of deaths reached 855 and 843 deaths.

And in India, the second country in terms of the number of infections with 35 million and 226 thousand and 386 injuries, the authorities said today, Friday, that they had recorded more than 117 thousand new infections, the highest toll since early last June, while the mutated Omicron of the Corona virus is spreading in a way that exceeds the spread of the virus. Mutant delta in cities.

As for Brazil, the third country in the world in terms of the spread of injuries, with 22 million and 395 thousand injured, the authorities said that it had recorded the highest daily toll since last September, with 35 thousand and 826 new injuries.

According to World Meter data, Brazil ranks second in the world in terms of the number of Covid-19 deaths after the United States, followed by India in third place.

Free Corona Virus Test in the United States (Anatolia)

new restrictions

In Germany, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that stricter social distancing could be needed in bars and restaurants to stop the spread of the Corona virus.

And he explained - in an interview with a TV program yesterday, Thursday - that the new rules are under study, which will only allow citizens to enter restaurants if they can prove that they have obtained two doses of vaccination and submit a negative test result for the Corona virus.

This idea will be discussed on Friday during a meeting with regional leaders and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Lauterbach described restaurants as a "danger zone".

On the other hand, Association President Angela Inzelkammer warned against any hasty decisions, noting that excessive strict measures could cause more damage to companies that have already incurred losses during the pandemic.

In other European countries, the Austrian government decided on Thursday to make the wearing of the "FFP2" mask mandatory abroad in an attempt to curb the spread of the mutant Omicron and avoid imposing a stone on the population.

For its part, Portugal has extended restrictions on travelers and remote work even if they have received the vaccine, and travelers coming to Portugal by air will still have to submit a negative test for Covid-19, until at least February 9, according to Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

Also, the remote work in force under it since the beginning of the year, has been extended until the end of next week.

attack and ban

In Britain, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attacked anti-vaccine "and their nonsense", again urging Britons to get vaccinated against Covid-19, while pressure is mounting on hospitals.

"I want to tell the anti-vaccine advocates who spread this nonsense on social media that they are completely wrong," Johnson said - on the sidelines of a visit to a vaccination center in Northampton (central England).

For their part, officials in the Australian state of “New South Wales” have temporarily banned singing and dancing in public hospitality venues and have called for elective surgeries to be postponed, as cases of coronavirus infection continue to rise and people are transferred to hospitals in Australia.

"We are making some logical and proportionate changes as we move forward to the next stage, with the omicron mutating peak in shape," New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said in a brief statement on Friday.

Filipinos wait their turn to receive a booster dose of vaccination (Reuters)

damage and threat

In a related context, Lima announced Thursday that the Covid-19 pandemic has orphaned about 100,000 children in Peru, one of the countries in the world most affected by the Corona virus in terms of the number of deaths per population.

"Our country is unfortunately the country that counts nearly 98,000 children who have lost their parents or guardians during the pandemic," Minister of Women Anahi Durand said, based on data published by the medical journal The Lancet.

The Minister regretted that Peru is the first country in the world in terms of the number of children orphaned by the pandemic.

Peru, with a population of 33 million people, has the highest death rate in the world due to the pandemic (6122 deaths per million people), according to a statistic prepared by the French Press Agency based on official figures.

To date, more than two million people have been infected with the Corona virus in this Latin American country in the Andean region, and about 203,000 of them have died.

In the Philippines, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called Thursday for the arrest of unvaccinated people if they did not commit to staying at home during the period of strengthening restrictions aimed at containing the new wave of infections linked to the mutant Omicron.

Although some studies indicate that the Omicron mutant causes less death than the previous mutant, the increase in infections means that hospitals in some countries will not bear the number of patients, and companies may face difficulties in continuing to work with the increase in the number of workers placed under quarantine. .