With the rapid spread of Omicron across the globe, Europe is facing yet another round of lockdowns and virus restrictions.
According to the New York Times on Tuesday, among the 52 countries that have reported Omicron infections, 23 are European nations, including Russia.
In fact, the UK has confirmed 246 Omircon cases as of Sunday, Denmark reporting a total of 261.
To tame the spread of the new variant, Germany will now exclude unvaccinated people from going to bars and restaurants.
And those who recently recovered from COVID-19 must show a documentation of recovery.
Over in France, starting next Wednesday, those who are 65 or above will have to provide booster jab proof to extend the validity of their health pass, which enables them to board flights and gain entry to restaurants and museums.
Though much of Europe is following the path of France, not everyone is happy with tighter virus curbs particularly in Austria, where over 40-thousand people took to the streets of its capital to demand "freedom."
Austria will make vaccinations mandatory for all from next February.
In the meantime, the situation in the United States is not any better, with a rising number of cases among children.
Data released by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that, as of last Thursday, one out of five new patients from the last week were children.
In fact, nearly two-million children have been infected since early September.
Experts note that it is less likely for children to become severely-ill compared to adults but the U.S. HAS reported 974 child COVID deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.