Coronavirus: the latest news on COVID-19 from around the world – Saturday 15 January

A rise in coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant may have peaked in parts of Europe, but doctors say the impact will continue to be felt across the region, with hospitals still at risk of dealing with an admissions rush.

Deaths and infections


  • The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units in France has fallen for the second consecutive day, despite a record infection rate, according to data from the Ministry of Health on Friday.
  • The Czech government will allow asymptomatic essential healthcare workers and social service staff who test positive for the coronavirus to continue working, the health ministry announced on Friday.
  • The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Spain since the start of the pandemic in 2020 has reached 8 million, according to data from the Ministry of Health on Friday.
  • German health officials warned on Friday that the coronavirus remains a serious threat as the Omicron variant is expected to completely replace Delta in the coming days in a country whose vaccination rates lag behind much of Western Europe. .
  • Britain’s Health Security Agency said on Friday it had growing confidence that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was less serious for adults as it released its updated briefing on the variant.