Global Omicron surge drives cases to record highs in dozens of countries

Global Omicron surge drives cases to record highs in dozens of countries

Dozens of countries across four continents have logged record number of infections from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, underlining challenges facing both rich and poor nations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a looming “tsunami” of infections as the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant spreads its tentacles at breakneck speed.

More than one million Chinese citizens on Monday entered lockdown after three asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 were detected in the city of Yuzhou in Henan province, local media reported.

It follows the closure of Xi’an, a city of 13 million people in neighboring Shaanxi province of northwest China. As of Monday, Xi’an has reported more than 1,600 cases in the latest flare-up of COVID-19, according to the Chinese media outlets.

Yuzhou has a population of 1.17 million, according to the latest census of 2021, a much smaller number than Xi’an, where the virus has gained firm foothold again.

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