Omicron Scare: 2,969 Flights Cancelled, Over 11,500 Delayed Worldwide

Amid the Holidays celebrations during the Christmas weekend, COVID-19 infections have risen 11 per cent globally, this past week.

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Washington: As many as 3,000 flights have been cancelled and more than 11,500 flights have been delayed worldwide on Tuesday, amid the global surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

A total of 2,969 flight cancellations and 11,512 flight delays was reported worldwide on Tuesday, with 1,172 of the cancellations and 5,458 of the delays occurring within, into, or out of the US, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Earlier on Monday, Flightradar24 data showed that 12,528 delayed flights and 2,959 cancelled flights were reported with airlines and airports in the US, accounting for nearly half of all delays and cancellations worldwide.

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Similarly, air travellers in the US continued to face flight disruptions, with 2,513 flights cancelled on Sunday and 2,850 on Saturday due to staff members calling in sick.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, renewed its concern and warned against Omicron variant of Coronavirus, saying the risk posed by this variant of concern still remains ‘very high’.

“The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,” the WHO said.

“Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days and rapid increases in the incidence of cases is seen in a number of countries,” the UN health agency further added.

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Amid the Holidays celebrations during the Christmas weekend, the US on Tuesday set a single-day record of new COVID-19 infections, with 441,278 new cases. The seven-day moving average is now more than 240,000 COVID-19 cases a day, The Hill reported. This average of daily new cases reached 122,297, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Meanwhile, the number of COVID infections has surged to a new level in Europe as France has logged a record of nearly 1,80,000 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

As many as 1,79,807 new COVID-19 cases have been registered in France within the past 24 hours, which is a record high number since the beginning of the pandemic, Xinhua reported citing the national agency for public health on Tuesday.

(With inputs from ANI)