As Omicron cases continue to rise unabated, New York City, Italy and the UK saw the biggest single-day increase on Friday – 27,053, 50,599 and 1,22,186 respectively. Chile will offer its citizens a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine from February, starting with high-risk categories, announces President Sebastian Pinera.

India’s Omicron tally rose to 358, of which 70% of cases were asymptomatic, the government said. Of the 358 cases, 183 were analyzed and it was found that 87 of them were fully vaccinated with three having received booster doses, one India time report indicated. The vaccine status of 73 is still unknown, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a press conference.

As the rise of the Omicron variant on Friday heralded another pandemic-tinged Christmas for billions, France on Friday set a new daily record for coronavirus infections, registering 94,124 cases in 24 hours, the highest figure since start of the coronavirus pandemic. It was the second day in a row that infections have reached record levels.

Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded another peak – 683 new cases of coronavirus and one death on Friday. The city had reported 490 cases on Wednesday and 602 cases on Thursday. And Delhi recorded 180 new Covid infections, the highest in a day since June 16, while the positivity rate climbed to 0.29%, according to data from the health department.

The peak in daily cases comes on Christmas Eve and days before New Year’s festivities, as people throng the markets and organize rallies despite health experts warning them not to let their guard down.

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