More than 50% of Europeans will contract omicron in the next two months if the rate of infections continues (WHO)

More than 50% of the population of the Europe region of the World Health Organization (WHO) will have contracted the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the next two months, if the rate of transmission is maintained, the institution warned this Tuesday.

“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington predicts that more than 50% of the region’s population will have been infected with the omicron variant in the next six or eight weeks,” said the director of the WHO Europe region, Hans Kluge, at a press conference.

The official stressed that this variant has several mutations “capable of attaching more easily to human cells” and affect people who have already suffered from covid-19 and are vaccinated.

The WHO Europe region is made up of 53 countries and reaches as far as Central Asia. In this area, 7 million new cases of covid-19 were registered in the first week of 2022.

According to WHO data, since January 10, 26 countries in the region reported that more than 1% of their population was infected each week.

For Kluge, this “unprecedented” transmission of the virus translates into an increase in hospital admissions but not an increase in mortality.

The new wave of infections “is a challenge for health systems and the provision of care in several countries where omicron spreads at high speed and threatens to overwhelm the situation in others,” lamented the official


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