COVID-19 news and latest advice

Dr Adrian Hyzler Chief Medical Officer at Healix International

Dr Adrian Hyzler
Chief Medical Officer

Developments from 7th January 2022

We have now surpassed 300-million confirmed COVID cases, and deaths approach 5.5-million, although the true number is likely much higher. Total vaccine doses have risen above 9-billion as the world grapples with the emergence and rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Since its discovery in Southern Africa in November 2021, the highly mutated Omicron variant has spread in an explosive manner across South Africa, and then across the globe. It has now been detected in over 130 countries and has rapidly become the dominant variant in several countries including Denmark, the UK, Japan, India, Australia, France and the USA. Cases numbers in South Africa are now declining as health authorities there announce the “end of the Omicron surge”. Many countries in Europe and North America are seeing their highest ever daily COVID case numbers with staggering levels of infection in communities. In London during the last week of 2021, one-in-ten people of the city were actively infected. Expect these rapid rises in Omicron to continue over the next few weeks.

Despite its ability to transmit more rapidly than previous variants of concern, Omicron has now been found to cause a more mild infection with lower rates of hospitalisation and ITU admission than, for example, with Delta. A recent study from the UK Health Security Agency found that Omicron cases were 50% less likely to attend A&E than Delta cases and the overall risk of hospital admission is one-third of that for Delta. Two doses of vaccination do not provide much protection against infection but a third “booster” dose has been shown to give robust protection against serious illness and death in Omicron infections.

Despite the fact that it causes a more mild illness, the sheer number of people infected, particularly in Europe and North America, has meant that a high portion of the working population is in isolation. This has caused critical incidents in hospital trusts across the UK and is impacting a wide variety of industries including education, aviation, transport and logistics among many others. In London, the NHS has had to rely on army medics to fill in rota gaps.

What do we know about COVID-19?

The current coronavirus pandemic is an evolving situation that Healix is monitoring closely. Our regularly updated COVID-19 advisory has been developed to bring your organisation the latest insight from our medical experts, to better enable you to stay abreast of the most recent developments and help plan for a future beyond the pandemic.

COVID-19 country band categorisations

Extreme
>250 cases per 100,000 over 7 days

  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Argentina ↑
  • Aruba ↑
  • Australia ↑
  • Austria
  • Bahamas ↑
  • Bahrain ↑
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize ↑
  • Bermuda ↑
  • Bolivia ↑
  • Bonaire
  • Botswana ↑
  • British VI ↑
  • Bulgaria ↑
  • Canada ↑
  • Cape Verde ↑
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Curacao ↑
  • Cyprus ↑
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica ↑
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji ↑
  • Finland ↑
  • France
  • French Guiana ↑
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada ↑
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel ↑
  • Italy ↑
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon ↑
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta ↑
  • Martinique ↑
  • Mayotte ↑
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro ↑
  • Montserrat ↑
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Panama ↑
  • Portugal
  • Reunion
  • Saba ↑
  • Saint Martin / Sint Marrten ↑
  • Saint Barthelemy ↑
  • Serbia ↑
  • Seychelles ↑
  • Sint Eustaitius ↑
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain ↑
  • St Kitts and Nevis ↑
  • St Lucia ↑
  • Suriname ↑
  • Sweden ↑
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey ↑
  • Turks & Caicos ↑
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay ↑
  • USA – All states and islands

Severe
>100-250 cases per 100,000 over 7 days

  • Albania ↑
  • Antigua and Barbuda ↑
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina ↑
  • Colombia ↑
  • Comoros ↑
  • Costa Rica ↑
  • Dominican Republic ↑
  • Eswatini ↓
  • Falkland Islands ↑
  • Gabon ↑
  • Guadeloupe ↑
  • Guyana ↑
  • Hungary ↓
  • Jamaica ↑
  • Jordan ↓
  • Kuwait ↑
  • Maldives
  • Namibia
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland ↓
  • Qatar ↑
  • South Africa
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines ↑
  • Trinidad & Tobago ↓
  • United Arab Emirates ↑
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia ↑

High
>50-100 cases per 100,000 over 7 days

  • Belarus ↓
  • Chile
  • Ecuador ↑
  • French Polynesia ↓
  • Laos ↓
  • Libya ↑
  • Lesotho
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique ↑
  • New Caledonia ↑
  • Paraguay ↑
  • Peru ↑
  • Rwanda ↑
  • Romania ↑
  • Russia ↓
  • Sao Tome and Principe ↑
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Tunisia ↑
  • Ukraine ↓
  • Zimbabwe ↑

Moderate
>20-50 cases per 100,000 over 7 days

  • Angola ↑
  • Azerbaijan ↓
  • Brazil ↑
  • Burundi ↑
  • Congo ↑
  • Cote d’Ivoire ↑
  • Cuba ↑
  • Djibouti ↑
  • Ethiopia ↑
  • Ghana ↑
  • Guatemala ↑
  • India ↑
  • Kenya ↑
  • Kosovo ↑
  • Malawi ↑
  • Mauritiana ↑
  • Mexico ↑
  • Morocco ↑
  • Oman ↑
  • Philippines ↑
  • Saudi Arabia ↑
  • Thailand
  • Togo ↑
  • Uganda ↑
  • West Bank/Gaza Strip

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