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Covid Instances in Europe Extra Than Doubled in Two Weeks, W.H.O. Says

The World Well being Group warned that greater than half of individuals in Europe could possibly be contaminated with the Omicron coronavirus variant within the subsequent six to eight weeks.

The area noticed over seven million newly reported circumstances of Covid-19 within the first week of 2022, greater than doubling over a two-week interval. The Institute for Well being Metrics and Analysis forecasts that greater than 50 % of the inhabitants within the area will likely be contaminated with Omicron within the subsequent six to eight weeks. The at present accredited vaccines do proceed to offer good safety towards extreme illness and loss of life, together with for Omicron. However due to the unprecedented scale of transmission, we at the moment are seeing rising Covid-19 hospitalizations. It’s difficult well being methods and repair supply in lots of international locations the place Omicron has unfold at pace, and threatens to overwhelm in lots of extra. I’m additionally deeply involved that because the variant strikes east, now we have but to see its full impression in international locations the place ranges of vaccination uptake are decrease, and the place we’ll see extra extreme illness within the unvaccinated. For international locations not but hit by the Omicron surge, there’s a closing window of alternative to behave now and plan for contingencies.

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