Covid news live: infections hit record highs across Europe; South Africa reinstates contact tracing and isolation

The UK, France, Portugal, Greece and Denmark break new daily cases records; South Africa recalls rules that no longer required people without Covid symptoms to isolate or test if in contact with a positive caseNo new Covid restrictions in England before new year: Boris JohnsonDenmark world’s highest infection rate: 1,612 cases per 100,000 peopleOmicron ‘not same disease’ as other Covid waves, UK scientist saysBiden says US Covid surge should be ‘a source of concern but not panic’CDC: those who test Covid positive with no symptoms isolate just 5 daysSee all our coronavirus coverageInfectious disease epidemiologist and World Health Organization Covid-19 Technical Lead, Maria Van Kerkhove, has cautioned against becoming “numb” to rising case numbers. Do not become numb to these numbers. Each one is a person, a family, a friend, a loved one… Do not become complacent.Even if Omicron is less severe. Many places are seeing record numbers of cases and hospitalisation rates… We can do more. We need to end this pandemic.” Continue reading...

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