Over 50% of Europe’s population will be infected with omicron in the next 2 months, WHO says

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  • Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, said a new “west-to-east tidal wave” of omicron infections is spreading across the region.
  • The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks, Kluge said.
  • With some countries re-imposing social restrictions in an attempt to contain it, O’Miron has swept the region at an alarming pace.

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LONDON – More than 50% of Europe’s population will be infected with the highly contagious Omicron Covid-19 variant in the next two months, according to forecasts shared by a top World Health Organization official.

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In a press briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, cited data from the Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation as saying that a new “west-to-east tidal wave” of omicron infections spread across the region. , on top of the previous delta version which is still prevalent.

“This [omicron] The virus is rapidly becoming the dominant virus in Western Europe and is now spreading to the Balkans,” Cluj said on Tuesday. He added that the region saw more than 7 million infections in the first week of 2022, up over a two-week period. were more than double.

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“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with omicrons in the next six to eight weeks,” he said.

With some countries re-imposing social restrictions in an attempt to contain it, O’Miron has swept the region at an alarming pace. However, early evidence suggests that Omicron is less severe than the delta version, although there are concerns that the sheer number of infections could still overwhelm health systems.

John Bell, a Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford and life science adviser to the UK government, told the BBC in late December that Omicron was “not the same disease” as previous strains.

“The horrific scenes we saw a year ago – intensive care units were full, many people were dying prematurely – it’s history now in my view and I think we should be reassured that this is likely to continue. is,” he said.

Discussing the Omicron version, he said: “The disease appears to be less severe, and many people spend relatively little time in the hospital. They do not require high flow oxygen, the average length of stay is apparently three days. “

Kluge said on Tuesday that the death rate remained stable and remained the highest combined with low vaccination in countries with high COVID-19 incidence rates.

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