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WHO: Half of Europe's residents to fall ill with Omicron strain in coming months

Source : 112 Ukraine

More than 7 million new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Europe in the first week of 2022
14:02, 11 January 2022

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More than 7 million new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the first week of 2022 in Europe. At this rate, it is projected that more than 50% of the region's population will be infected with Omicron in the next six-eight weeks as Head of the World Health Organization's European Regional Office Hans Kluge reported.

"In the first week of 2022, more than 7 million new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the region, a doubling in two weeks. As of January 10, 26 countries report that more than 1% of their populations are getting Covid-19 every week. Mortality rates remain stable and continue to be the highest in countries with high Covid-19 incidence combined with lower vaccination coverage," Kluge said.

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He explained that 50 of 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia have already reported cases of the Covid strain Omicron. This strain is rapidly becoming the dominant virus in Western Europe and is now spreading to the Balkans.

At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts that more than 50 percent of the region's population will be infected with Omicron in the next six-eight weeks.

"Data collected in recent weeks confirm that Omicron has a high ability to spread because the mutations it has allow it to more easily attach itself to human cells, and it can infect even those who have been previously infected or vaccinated," Kluge added.

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As we reported, Ukraine is going to face another outbreak of Covid-19 incidence.

Besides, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine predicts a new wave of coronavirus at the end of this month. According to the forecast of the Ministry of Health, the next outbreak will begin in late January.

 

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