The Covid-19 virus has given birth to different variants, the Delta Variant and the latest Omicron Variant, which is now shaking the whole world. The Omicron variant has now been detected in 38 countries, although no deaths have yet been reported in any of these countries, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). The US and Australia have become the latest countries to confirm locally transmitted cases of the variant. As a result of Omicron, many countries that had already reported an increase in numbers of Covid-19 cases caused by the Delta variant have imposed new lockdown measures and travel restrictions. The spread of the Covid-19 variants has had some effects on the expected new year celebrations.
New year plans cancelled in different cities
Most countries including Germany, Greece, England, India, and France have turned off most of their new year plans in fear of the spreading Omicron variant. In Germany alone, the three largest cities — Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich — canceled their annual events because of a feared “fifth wave” of coronavirus. In U.S.A new years eve celebrations will go on but under strict Covid-19 measures. New Year’s Eve in Times Square still on, with smaller crowd .
The iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City has taken place every year since 1907 — with the exception of two years during World War II — but once again like last year New year will still look different due to the Covid-19 pandemic. People will be expected to observe social distance wear their face masks and other Covid-19 protective measures.
Viewing areas that normally accommodate about 58,000 people will be limited to approximately 15,000 to allow for more social distancing, and everyone in attendance must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said in a news release announcing the changes for the New years eve celebrations. Seattle will not be shooting off physical fireworks or allowing crowds at the Space Needle instead, the city will present an “augmented reality display” viewable online for everyone to watch it.
Atlanta’s 32-year tradition, the “Peach Drop,” has been canceled again like last year. San Francisco has also cancelled plans for its fireworks show.
How fast does Omicron spread?
The Omicron variant has been seen to spread more fast than all other variants. Countries reporting positive cases continue to register an increase in Covid-19 cases as the variant continues to spread. As a protective measure health practitioners are advising people to put on surgical masks or disposable masks instead of cloth masks.Effective Masks Used to Protect Against COVID-19 Omicron Variant – Docsun Computation MedLab. Alternatively, cloth masks that have been carefully designed may be used. It also advisable that we all take heed to all Covid-19 measures; observe social distance, washing our hands regularly and avoid crowded places.
Omicron variant symptoms
Symptoms of the Omicron variant are quite different from those of the Delta variant. According to recent study done in the United Kingdom, cold-like symptoms are considered more common among people infected with the new Omicron variant. The study showed that the signs and symptoms of the Omicron variant are a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat.
Measures to take during the New Year Celebrations
Different organizations and authorities have put down their on Covid-19 restrictions and measures to provide the spread of the virus in their nations during their new year celebration as they usher in the new year. Some of this measures are the common ones that have been there all through the pandemic. People are also being advised to take the Covid-19 vaccines.
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