The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and the cases of contagion related to this mutation are doubling, before this several countries are analyzing or are already applying new restrictions in the face of the Christmas holidays.
In the case of Europe, tougher measures are being taken. Paris has already canceled its celebrations, while Germany limited New Year’s Eve gatherings and parties to 10 people and banned the public at major sporting events from December 28.
“This is not the time to have friendly parties and evenings with many people,” Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz said after speaking with the country’s regional leaders.
In Spain, the government will meet this Wednesday with the presidents of the regions, competent in health matters, to study additional measures to face this new wave of infections.
The Spanish region of Catalonia will ask its Superior Court of Justice for authorization to apply new restrictions, such as a curfew from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. and the closure of discos from Thursday night.
The Netherlands has already imposed a Christmas lockdown, and European officials have warned that Ómicron could be the dominant variant in Europe by mid-January.
Meanwhile, Finland announced the obligation of bars to close at 9 pm on Christmas Eve as part of the new restrictions due to the increase in infections.
Meanwhile Morocco announced a total ban on New Year celebrations.
Despite the Omicron surge, Australian Minister Scott Morrison ruled out shutdowns, insisting that limiting the spread of the virus comes down to personal liability.
In the United States, President Joe Biden asked not to “panic” about the advance of the variant.
In Latin America, Ecuador ruled out confinement during the December holidays and Argentina established, only as of January 1, a health pass for those over 13 years of age that certifies the complete vaccination scheme for activities in closed places or massive events in open spaces .